# Often asked: How To Determine Water Heater Size?

## How do you determine what size water heater do you need?

You can estimate the necessary tank capacity (in gallons) based on the number of people in the house:

1. 1 or 2 people—23 to 36 gallons.
2. 2 to 4 people—36 to 46 gallons.
3. 3 to 5 people—46 to 56 gallons.
4. 5 or more people—over 56 gallons (add 10 gallons per additional person)

## Is a 50 gallon water heater enough for a family of 4?

The answer to this question will vary depending on the total number of kids you have. For example, a family of 3 to 4 people should purchase a 50 – 60 gallon water heater. On the other hand, a household with 5 – 7 people may require a water heater with a 60 – 80 gallon water tank.

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## Is there a big difference between a 40 gallon and 50 gallon water heater?

With the energy factors being equal, the difference in cost of running a 50-gallon heater over a 40-gallon heater is essentially insignificant.

## What size hot water tank do I need for a family of 4?

For 1 to 2 people: 30-40 gallons. For 2 to 3 people: 40-50 gallons. For 3 to 4 people: 50-60 gallons. For 5+ people: 60-80 gallons.

## Is 40 gallon water heater enough for a family of 4?

Typically, the rule-of-thumb is that you want a 40 gallon tank for 1 to 4 people, a 50 gallon tank for 4 to 6 people, and a 50 gallon high recovery or 75 gallon tank for 6 to 8 people. Energy consumption for 40 and 50 gallon standard water heaters is quite comparable.

## How many showers can you put in a 50 gallon water heater?

A 50 gallon water heater is the most common tank we install. It is such a common size because it can supply hot water for 3 – 5 people. Considering an average shower uses 17.2 gallons of water you can typically have enough hot water for up to five people to take a shower within an hour.

## How long does it take for a 50-gallon water heater to get hot?

A 50-gallon hot water heater with 5,500-watt elements set to 120 degrees takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to heat water coming in to the unit at 60 degrees. Conversely, when the water entering this same tank is 40 degrees, it takes 1 hours, 47 minutes to heat it up.

## How long does it take for 50-gallon water heater to fill?

It will take 20 minutes to refill a 50-gallon water tank and another 20 minutes to heat it.

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## How long of a shower can you take with a 40-gallon water heater?

A 40-gallon water heater can provide up to 2 showers in an hour (if you’re not using any other water appliances).

## What is the average cost to install a hot water heater?

Depending on your selection, the average cost for water heater installation is between \$1,000 to \$3,000.

## What size water heater do you need for a 3 bedroom house?

2-3 people need a 40-gallon water heater. 3-4 people need a 40-50 gallon water heater. 5 or more people need a 50-80 gallon water heater.

## What is the best Colour for a water tank?

While polyethylene can keep heat out, darker colours like black or dark blue will heat up the water. So if you are using the water straight from the tank, or want it to be cool or room temperature, it is recommended to choose lighter colours.

## What is a normal size hot water tank?

A thermostat detects water temperature and turns on the heating element when needed. Most storage tanks contain between 30-60 gallons of water, with 20-120 gallons typical for residential usage.

## How big should my water tank be?

For large properties with significant landscaping and a large home we recommend a minimum of 10,000 gallons. For smaller properties and homes that don’t have to worry about fire considerations, 2500-3000 gallons is a common tank tank that will give you plenty of water for daily needs.