What kind of water heater is right for you?

Not all water heaters are created equal.

It’s important to consider what you and your family’s needs are when looking for a water heater.

We can suit your needs whether you're looking for a gas or an electric tank heater.

There are three major types of water heaters, each designed for specific spaces within a home or business:

Atmospheric Water Heaters

These water heaters are the most common residential gas water heaters, and, as the name suggests, the hot exhaust is vented either vertically or sloped upwards.

These systems will provide inadequate or no hot water when there is a faulty control valve, thermostat, or heating element. It may fail too if there is a buildup of contaminants or sediment. Often, homeowners find that their atmospheric water heater is no longer adequate to meet their demands and need to look at higher capacity systems.

Power Vent Water Heaters

Power vent water heaters, like atmospheric water heaters, also rely on gas to heat the water, but these use venting that requires an additional airflow mechanism to assist in blowing the hot air through the vent. 

The powered venting system can run horizontally for a long direction and doesn’t require air from indoors for combustion. As a result, these are typically used when the space to install a water heater is far from the home’s venting system, from a wall, and when there is improper air for combustion. Similar problems as with atmospheric water heaters can arise with power vent heaters.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are simply water heaters that do not require a tank. When the tap is turned on, the water is heated as it passes through the heater.

Because tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan than traditional tank heaters, many of our clients choose to upgrade when they are ready to replace their old tank heater. Tankless water heaters also heat water on demand so they’ll never run out of hot water. In addition to all that, they are highly energy-efficient and save money in the long run. If you're looking for an upgrade, tankless may be the way to go.

Electric Tank Heaters

It’s uncommon, but sometimes the best option for your situation is an electric heater. As you might have guessed, these heaters run on electricity rather than gas.

These make for an excellent choice when it’s hard for gas lines to reach your water heater. You can also have more flexibility and convenience in size and heater location when you go with an electric water heater. If you’ve looked at some gas models and don’t think they will fit where you need it, your best option may be an electric model instead.

Atmospheric Water Heaters

These water heaters are the most common residential gas water heaters, and, as the name suggests, the hot exhaust is vented either vertically or sloped upwards.

These systems will provide inadequate or no hot water when there is a faulty control valve, thermostat, or heating element. It may fail too if there is a buildup of contaminants or sediment. Often, homeowners find that their atmospheric water heater is no longer adequate to meet their demands and need to look at higher capacity systems.

Power Vent Water Heaters

These water heaters are the most common residential gas water heaters, and, as the name suggests, the hot exhaust is vented either vertically or sloped upwards.

These systems will provide inadequate or no hot water when there is a faulty control valve, thermostat, or heating element. It may fail too if there is a buildup of contaminants or sediment. Often, homeowners find that their atmospheric water heater is no longer adequate to meet their demands and need to look at higher capacity systems.

Tankless Water Heaters

These water heaters are the most common residential gas water heaters, and, as the name suggests, the hot exhaust is vented either vertically or sloped upwards.

These systems will provide inadequate or no hot water when there is a faulty control valve, thermostat, or heating element. It may fail too if there is a buildup of contaminants or sediment. Often, homeowners find that their atmospheric water heater is no longer adequate to meet their demands and need to look at higher capacity systems.

Electric Tank Heaters

It’s uncommon, but sometimes the best option for your situation is an electric heater. As you might have guessed, these heaters run on electricity rather than gas.

These make for an excellent choice when it’s hard for gas lines to reach your water heater. You can also have more flexibility and convenience in size and heater location when you go with an electric water heater. If you’ve looked at some gas models and don’t think they will fit where you need it, your best option may be an electric model instead.

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If you’re uncertain which type of water heater you have or might need, or if you would like assistance diagnosing your water heater problem over the phone, give us a call or click "get a quote" for a fast response.

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Ray Sneusrud, Owner

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