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Water Heater Buying Guide

Buying a water heater is never simple.

Within the past few years, water heater technology has made great leaps in Malaysia, and now you can purchase various sizes, styles, and efficiencies depending on your budget and amount of water usage.

Here’s everything you need to know about buying a water heater in Malaysia:

Two Main Types of Water Heaters

There are two styles of water heaters that are recommended: storage water heaters and instant water heaters (also known as on-demand water heaters).

Storage Water Heaters

The tank storage type remains one of the most popular water heaters in the world.

The way a storage water heater works is by operating continuously to keep hot water prepared.

Whenever the water is turned on, the hot water is available. The downside to this is that storage water heats continue to use energy as well.

Plus, you have to consider ‘standby heat loss.’ Though there are newer, more energy efficient storage water heaters available, this can be a more expensive option.

Instant Water Heaters

Are you looking to cut the costs of your energy bill?

By choosing an instant water heater, you can cut the energy consumption of your water heater by 20-30%.

Because instant (or “demand”) water heaters don’t have storage tanks, you don’t have to worry about wasting energy when the tank isn’t in use.

However, there is a drawback to instant water heaters too.

Although the cold water is instantly heated by a gas burner or electrical component, in order to deliver hot water, the flow of water is limited.

You might experience a drop in water pressure if too many people are using the water at once. If there are a lot of people using the water, an instant water heater may not be the best option for you.

The other types of water heaters that exist are heat pump water heaters, tankless coil water heaters, and indirect water heaters.

However, for Malaysian households, the first two—storage and instant—are the wisest options.

Selection Criteria

As with every purchase you make, weigh the pros and cons of selecting a new water heater to ensure it suits your needs. Here are some factors to think about:

Capacity

Tank or storage heaters are often sized by how much water they hold. This is usually done in increments of time versus liters, showing how quick water will be heated then delivered over a period of time.

On the other hand, instant water heaters don’t hold water, so the capacity rating actually measures the flow rate.

Cost

Something on the mind of every Malaysian consumer is the cost of a new water heater.

Consider the initial cost, cost of operation, warranty, maintenance, and estimated lifetime of the unit. Water heaters with a longer lifespan have a higher cost, but that might save you money in the long run.

Choosing between a storage water heater and instant water heater should now be less harrowing. Remember to the consider the factors listed above so you can make the best decision for you and your household.