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This may seem like a random question, but having a general idea of the answer can come in handy in some situations. One of these is when you need to contact a plumber in Darien, CT, from JNR Plumbing about a new or replacement water heater. 

Here are ways you can figure out how much hot water you use and thewater heater services that we offer to help you in a specific situation:

Number of People in Your Household

An easy way to figure out how much hot water you use when consideringwater heater replacement is to go by the number of people in your household. For instance, up to 2 people typically use about 23-36 gallons of hot water and a tank capacity of 46-56 gallons is what's recommended for a family of 3-5.

First Hour Rating for Tank-Based Systems

Another way to determine your hot water usage when considering a new water heater installation is the first-hour rating. FHR refers to how much hot water a tank can produce within an hour. Figure out what you need based on how much water you use for various activities. Bathing and showering, for example, usually requires 20 gallons of water per person, while running a washing machine typically requires 30 gallons of water.

Flow Rate for Tankless Models

Sizing for a tankless water heater is based on the flow rate, which is measured in gallons-per-minute. Figure this out by estimating how much hot water would likely be used in your home at once at any given time. For example, using the dishwasher or taking a bath equals 3 GPM. So, if your peak usage involves times when you take a bath and run the dishwasher at the same time, you would need a tankless unit with a 6 GPM flow rate.

Contact Our Plumbing Team Today

If you already have a water heater that's right for your typical hot water usage, JNR Plumbing is the company you can call on for reliable water heater repair in Darien, CT. And when it's time to replace your water heater, we'll help you fully explore your options.

Contact us today to learn more about our water heater services. We offer installation up to repair and replacement. Feel free to call our team or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment with a plumber from JNR Plumbing.

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