WHAT WATER HEATER SIZE DO I NEED?
If you're looking for water heater size that fits your needs, there are a few things to keep in mind. While we do not advise on performing your Water Heater Installation yourself, it is helpful to be aware of the size of the water heater tank that you will need so you are not caught off guard when speaking with a water heater service professional here in Las Vegas and Henderson.
When finding out the size you will need, know the difference between two basic types of water heaters - home/residential ones, and business/commercial ones. Due to different heating demands and requirements, the sizing and installation will vary.
First you will need to verify your power source (gas, electric, or solar).
Here in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, many people with homes and existing gas lines will use gas water heaters, while others, such as apartment complexes without existing gas lines, will lean towards electric water heaters. Finally, there are solar water heaters available that provide you with hot water thanks to the abundant sunshine we get. These can do generally cost more upfront depending on how efficient the design is among other factors. Luckily, here in Southern Nevada, there is no shortage of sunlight. In the long run, solar water heaters may save you a ton on energy costs. You will want to discuss this with a water heater technician.
Second, determine your space available.
While most houses, condos, and apartments are retrofitted with an area for your new water heater to go, at times it may either not be so straightforward, or the area may be subject to change due to renovations or personal preference. At times, if space is limited, a installing a tankless water heater may be your best option. While tankless water heaters definitely have their pros, it is important to review other factors with a licensed plumber, as the location or size of them will need to be tailored to your available space and hot water requirements.
Third, determine your hot water requirements!
Requirements will vary depending on how many people currently live (or are expected to live) in your residence or by the number of people you expect to be using hot water at your business location.
"Is it a small apartment with 2 residents?"
"Do I have a restaurant that will host 50 people at any given time, however they will only use hot water for washing their hands (although my kitchen requires constant hot water)?"
"Do I have a small motel with 50+ occupants at any given time who will be showering, bathing, etc."
The unique scenarios are endless, which is why we advise giving us a call for professional advisement. Sometimes it will be as straightforward as, you only needing a 40 gallon water heater for your small family. While other times it could mean that you needs a custom water heater and boiler solution tailored to your commercial needs.
But if you only need a rough estimate of what size you need here are some rough guidelines:
With that said, give us a call whatever your scenario may be and we will find the best solutions tailored to your specific needs.