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Do You Need a Water Heater Booster?

Are you struggling with low hot water in your home? Does it feel like you are constantly adjusting the temperature on your water heater?

If these are things you find yourself constantly fighting against, you may want to consider a new solution. There are a few options on the market that could work, but the best option for your needs might be a water heater booster. 

What is a Water Heater Booster? 

A water heater booster is a device that mixes cold water with hot water from an input valve, then delivers that water to you wherever it’s needed (faucets, showers, appliances).

To put it more simply, it boosts the amount of hot water you have access to between uses. And it does so without wasting energy or emptying your hot water heater’s tank.

This is a diagram of an Eemax Autobooster.

Do I Need a Water Heater Booster?

That depends. Water heater boosters are a good investment for those who need multiple sources of hot water throughout their home. They’re also great for those who have a water heater that struggles to produce hot water regularly.

And it’s also energy-efficient, making it ideal for smart homes and those who like finding ways to be more sustainable and cost-effective.

If any of the above apply to you, then you should consider having a water heater booster installed in your home.

Benefits of a Water Heater Booster

There are a ton of benefits to having a booster for your water heater. Water heater boosters may feel like a luxury item, but they can help to save you money in the long run. Here are some of the benefits of adding a booster to your water heater:

1. More Hot Water

This one is obvious, but it’s the most common reason people have them installed. A water heater with a booster will give you more hot water, without a tankless water heater.

It can actually double the amount of hot water you have access to. And it’s certainly less costly than upgrading your entire water heater system.

That means no more running out of hot water after running the washer, dishwasher, or a few family members take a shower.

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It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you won’t be running out of hot water. This is especially true if you live in a home with multiple people taking showers (or using lots of water) at the same time.

2. Easier to Install

A water heater booster is easier to install than a complete water heating system. This keeps your time to a minimum if you’re installing the device yourself. It also keeps costs down for a plumber to handle the installation.

This video details some of the benefits in more detail and goes through the step-by-step process of installing a water heater booster. You can also see the installation video here if you prefer.

You can install it yourself with a moderate level of DIY plumbing and electrical skills. However, call a trusted plumber if this is too much for your skillset. Although easier than installing a complete water heater system, it is important to do well or it will cause problems.

3. Takes Up Little Space

Unlike a new water heater, these devices take up very little space. They fit on nearly every type of water heater. And, with traditional tank-style water heaters, they are placed right above the tank.

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The water heater booster (top left) installed on this Rheem water heater allows hot water to be used more efficiently and keeps the tank from running low between uses. Even in tight spaces like this one, the device fits perfectly.

Final Thoughts

The booster itself costs between $100 and $350, depending on features. But if you’re someone who needs an improvement in hot water capacity, temperature, and pressure, then having a hot water booster installed is a great investment in making your home comfortable.

Call 1-Tom-Plumber

Don’t hesitate to contact us here or call us at 1-Tom-Plumber (1-866-758-6237) if you need help with purchasing, repairing, or installing a water heater booster.

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