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Electric Water Heaters

Electric | Bradford White

Electric Tankless | EeMax

Electric 40 Gallon Water Heater | Bradford White

Electric 50 Gallon Tall

Electric 40 Gallon Tall

Electric 50 Gallon Short

Electric 40 Gallon Short

Tankless Electric Water Heater | EeMax

3.5 kW Electric

5.5 kW Electric

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters are an excellent option if you're looking for something more affordable than a gas or propane powered water heater. They also last longer than gas models, averaging 10-15 years instead of 8-12. Electric heaters do not need to be vented, and will not release carbon monoxide exhaust into your home or the outside atmosphere, making it the safer and more environmentally friendly option. These units are energy-efficient, and can be a great source of hot water for large and small households.

If you are considering switching to an electric water heater, it would be beneficial to know a few things beforehand. Electric water heaters will not work during a power-outage. If you experience these frequently and do not wish to get a generator or some form of backup energy source, it may be best to find a different solution for your hot water needs.

Electric models also take longer to deliver hot water. It takes on average between 60 to 80 minutes for water in the tank to reach temperature, whereas a gas powered heater is going to take around 30 minutes. If your household uses a lot of hot water all at once, or find that you run out of hot water regularly, an electric model may not be the best option, even if you upsize from a 40 to a 50 gallon. However, if your household is going to decrease in numbers or you are anticipating a decrease in the amount of hot water being used in a short amount of time, then you may be able to stay comfortable with either a 40 or 50 gallon electric. 

Of course, with any regularly used equipment in your home, regular maintenance is the key to a long-lasting unit. Having tanks flushed and cleaned out regularly will help the unit stay healthy and efficient. It will also keep the water clean, instead of building up with minerals. Electric water heaters are excellent when they work properly, so in order to receive the full benefits of owning one, you'll want to ensure it is cared for and maintained.

Tankless Electric Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters, also known as "On-Demand" water heaters, can be an electric or gas powered unit that will provide hot water as it is needed. This makes them much more energy-efficient than a tank water heater, and means that you are significantly less likely to run out of hot water. With seemingly unlimited capacity and lower utility bills, it's easy to think that these are the best answer to any homeowner's hot water needs. Before you decide this is the route you would like to take, you should consider a few important things when it comes to tankless heaters.

Initial Cost

Gas tankless heaters are significantly more expensive than regular water heaters, but electric tankless water heaters are actually the least expensive model across the board. They last around 20 years (with regular maintenance), and can save you a lot of money on electric bills. These units truly are the way to go if you are looking for a cost-effective alternative to your current water heater.

Electricity Is Needed

With electric models in general, be prepared to go without hot water in the event of a power-outage. Without electricity, these units cannot work. Unless you have a generator set up to power the water heater, it does make these units a less desirable option. Winter storms in this area have been known to cause a lot of problems in this area, and so for this reason, we discourage anyone from going all-electric without a generator. Having heat during bad cold spells is important to you and your family's health and well being, so at the very least, make sure you have a gas powered furnace or water heater so you are able to have some heat in your home without the need for electricity.

Water Quality

The water quality in your home will have a major impact on whether or not you should even consider a tankless option. Tankless water heaters do not handle hard water very well at all. Mineral build up is a huge problem, and without regular cleanings, it could ruin your unit. If you have city water, you might be able to get away without water quality equipment, like a water softener or purifier. With a well, however, you may want to consider some serious water testing and treatment options before looking into a tankless. Tank heaters are much more durable when it comes to mineral-heavy water, and the life span isn't affected as much by hard water. Iron and sulfur are the most problematic substances in the Northwest Ohio area. With water softeners, or other treatment options, these issues can be mitigated, but it does increase the initial cost if these are not already in place.

Regular Maintenance 

Tankless water heaters are excellent options in many situations. If you're looking for something that will last a long time and save you money on your utility bills, or provide hot water without running out, this could be the next best investment for your home. If you do decide tankless is the way to go for you, you should be prepared to schedule regular maintenance for it every year. These units can last a long time when cared for properly, so if you want to make the most of your investment, we highly recommend either entering into an annual maintenance plan offered by a local plumbing company OR learning how to do the basic maintenance yourself and having it serviced every few years to make sure everything is working properly (if one part is going bad, it could put some major strain on other parts of the unit and cause a series of parts to need replaced). Regular Maintenance and cleaning will ensure that you get the most use out of your tankless water heater.

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