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You need a safe and reliable supply of hot water throughout your day – to wash your hands, clothes and dishes, or soak in the tub.
It’s easy to see why home builders and homeowners alike prefer natural gas water heating. Learn more about buying, sizing, maintaining and safely using a natural gas water heater below.
When buying a new water heater for your home, we recommend shopping for an energy efficient water heater. A high-efficiency natural gas water heater not only provides enough hot water to meet your family's needs, but it will save you energy and money throughout its lifetime.
Even though the purchase price of an energy-efficient water heater may be higher than less-efficient models, they cost less to operate and save you money over time.
A natural gas water heater's burner is sized to completely recover in about one hour, regardless of the tank size.
Whether you’re most motivated by budget or environmental impact, gas water heaters are a win-win purchase.
Be a smart shopper with just a little research on water heaters. After reading this page, check out a few more water-heater resources you can rely on:
A properly-sized water heater will deliver the hot water you want when you need it. Water-heater sizing considerations include:
In the water-heater sizing chart above, you can see that the needs of a family of four – with two bathrooms and a clothes washer – is typically met with a 40-gallon gas water heater.
These are general guidelines since no two families' hot water use is exactly alike. Keep in mind your family's lifestyle and habits when estimating your household hot water needs.
Natural gas water heaters are so reliable and easy to maintain that most people never think about their water heater, despite relying on it several times each day. However, if you to extend your water heater’s operating life and keep it at peak energy efficiency, periodic care is important.
General water-heater-maintenance guidelines (follow the manufacturer's recommendations):
If you’re having water heater trouble, contact a qualified water-heater technician as soon as you can.
The best way to reduce energy use for water heating is to use less hot water.
Natural gas water heaters are a safe way to heat your household water. As with all home appliances, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and code requirements.
NOTE: Manufacturers adopted a technology standard for 30- to 50-gallon water heaters that helps prevent flammable liquids from igniting. Since older water heaters are not equipped with this resistant technology, they are more susceptible to flammable vapors. To minimize the risk of accidents, elevate the water heater at least eighteen inches above the floor. Keep all flammable products in tightly closed, approved containers, stored far away from all appliances and out of the reach of children.
Turn your water heater to 120 F to save energy and avoid scalding.