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A hot water heater is a major household purchase. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a few questions to ask before you commit to a new water heater. It’s important to be informed before making any major financial decisions.

At Paragon, we are experts on every aspect of home comfort, including water heater installation. Here are our answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about water heaters.

What Size Water Heater Do I Need?

The number of people in your home and level of usage will determine the water heater size you need. In general, the more people live or work in a building, the larger the tank needs to be, assuming you choose a model with a tank.

If there are only one or two people in your home, you likely only need a small water heater. A larger tank will be a waste of money and energy. Large families should generally invest in a larger tank. If you go too small, you may end up taking a lot of unwanted cold showers.

Talk to an industry professional before purchasing a water heater. If they understand your personal needs and usage, they can help you choose a water heater that will meet all your needs without being wasteful.

Are Energy-Efficient Water Heaters Worth It?

Energy-efficient water heaters are pricier than their standard counterparts. However, they will save you money on energy bills in the long run. We generally recommend choosing an energy-efficient water heater if possible.

Homeowners who are particularly concerned about conserving energy may want to purchase a tankless water heater. These water heaters are limited in how much hot water they can produce per minute, but they are much more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters with tanks.

How Long Does It Take to Install a Water Heater?

A certified technician should be able to install a new water heater in a few hours, including the time it takes to remove the old water heater. The process may take longer if there are any unforeseen issues.

What Should I Do with the Old Water Heater?

Many companies that install water heaters will offer to haul away the one you are replacing. They will make sure your old water heater is safely disposed of so you don’t have to worry about it. Some companies may charge an extra fee for this service, so make sure to ask how much it costs before you agree.

If you choose to dispose of the old water heater yourself, you will need to check with your local recycling center. There are several locations where you can drop off used water heaters in both King County and Snohomish County.

What is the Warranty Period?

New water heaters rarely have problems over the first few years. Most water heaters will come with a warranty of up to five years, although it varies depending on the manufacturer. Some water heater manufacturers will allow you to purchase extended warranties if you are concerned about the warranty length.

Before purchasing a water heater, double-check the warranty and find out what it covers. While the worst is unlikely to happen, it’s a good idea to make sure you are protected just in case.

Where Can I Buy a Water Heater in King or Snohomish County?

At Paragon Heating and Home Comfort Solutions, we install water heaters for homeowners in the Greater Seattle area. We can help you find the right hot water solution for your home, whether that’s a tankless water heater, a maintenance-free heater, or an electric model.

To learn more about your water heater options, give us a call at (425) 320-1276.