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With an electric water heater, there’s no pilot light to light – and relight. There are no fumes from gas or carbon monoxide, and no ventilation problems. It’s also economical – a family of four can have all the hot water they need for about $30 per month. 

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Important things to consider when choosing a water heater:

  1. Storage size: Storage tank water heaters are classified by the amount stake.comof water they hold in gallons. 40-gallon and 50-gallon water heaters are the most common.
  2. Fuel source: Electric water heaters are a safe and economical choice. 
  3. Space: Know the width and height of the physical space where you will place your new unit.
  4. Energy efficient: Maximize energy savings and help the environment when you select a high-efficiency water heater.

Types of Water Heaters

Tank Water Heater

No flames, no fumes, no flues

Tank water heaters are affordable and available in multiple sizes and brands. And, you can enjoy flexibility of installation without worrying about the location of flues.

Marathon Water Heaters

All-electric Marathon water heaters are the most resilent water heaters available today.

Every Marathon water heater comes with a manufacturer's lifetime tank warranty. Marathons are tough on the outside with an inner tank that won't rust, corrode, or leak - ever. Marathon says it will be the last water heater you'll ever need for your home.

If that's not enough, Marathon water heaters have one of the highest efficiency ratings — saving you energy year-round.

Marathon offers water heater sizes of 40 to 50 gallons to keep hot water flowing through the last shower of the day.

The Marathon water heater is environmentally friendly, too. Marathon water heaters are built to last a lifetime in your home, not in a landfill.

Hybrid Water Heater

A new hybrid water heater, also called heat pump water heater, can cut your hot water costs in half.

Hybrid water heaters are the most efficient water heaters, saving the average household over $150 a year.

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Using advanced heating technology, hybrid water heaters absorb heat in the surrounding air and transfer it into the water. Less energy is used to absorb heat compared to standard water heaters that generate heat.

There are many reasons to switch to a hybrid water heater. Consider these features and benefits:

Special Features

  • Most efficient water heater on the market
  • Lowest operating cost
  • Energy Star qualified
  • 10-year warranty

Benefits of Hybrid Water Heaters

  • Cooling and dehumidification as by-product of heating water
  • Annual operating cost is approximately $150
  • Available in a variety of sizes (50 – 80 gallon units)

Electric Tankless Water Heater

Electric tankless water heating is optimal in a new construction application. Key features and benefits include:

  • Continuous hot water  Tankless technology gives the homeowner continuous hot water – great for larger families.
  • Shorter wait times – Tankless technology heats water much faster than a standard tank.
  • Energy efficient – A tankless water heater only operates when hot water is turned on in the house, while a standard tank water heater operates to maintain a consistent temperature on stored water that is not in use.
  • Life expectancy  Longer life expectancy than a standard tank. Since water is not being stored, there are less corrosive effects on the heating elements.

No Flues

No venting or combustion air circulation is required with an electric tankless water heater. Not only does this save you on venting and piping costs, it allows you to locate it almost anywhere in your home, saving precious storage and closet space. Plus, you can save energy by locating it near where you use most of your hot water–kitchen and baths–because you don’t have to worry about venting.

It’s Flexible

Electric tankless water heaters come in a variety of sizes, from a small 4 kW point-of-use unit for areas such as a kitchen sink, to larger 24-36 kW units that would typically serve a whole home. 

It’s Endless Supply

Because an electric tankless water heater only heats water when you need it, for as long as you need stake casinoit, there is an endless supply of hot water for those long showers.

It’s Clean, Quiet and Efficient

There are no combustion noises and no fumes with an electric tankless water heater.

It’s Economical

An electric tankless water heater is up to 99% efficient and can save you money on your water heating costs.


When deciding on an electric tankless water heater, several considerations should be taken into account, such as choosing the correct size unit to meet the needs of your application, electrical requirements for the unit chosen and an efficient plumbing layout to ensure faster hot water delivery.

For more information on electric tankless water heating and to learn if it is the right choice for your home, call 1-800-990-APCO.

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Water Heater Over 8 Years Old?

It may be time for a new one. Based on the manufacturer's suggested service life, the life expectancy of the average water heater is 8 to 12 years.