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Electric Water Heaters-Buyers’ guide!

Updated on May 26, 2011

Today most of the people in their household use the Electric Water Heater. This is due to many reasons and because of its attractiveness. This saves energy and 30% of electricity. Also, the electric models are priced more reasonably than most other models types of water heater.


This aspect is an additional bonus in money-saving on water heater. One of the best features of these water heaters is the capability to heat water in less time at a faster rate. These are also energy efficient and comparatively easy to fix. The energy consumed is minimal. Electric Water Heaters heat up water at a considerably faster rate.

Types of Electric Water Heaters

There are various types of Electric Water Heaters. Different people use different types according to their requirement. The types are:


Tankless Water Heater

Tankless Water Heaters are definitely something that all looks for. They heat liquids in demand rather than storing them. They consume a lesser quantity of energy. They can be operated both with electricity and with natural gas. However, the thing to note here is that while the gas ones can heat faster the electric ones require considerable amount of electric current to heat up water quickly. Plus you can install them anywhere you wish to because they don’t come with tanks to hold the water, so the chances of water damage are lessened. These heaters heat water straight without a storage tank, so chances of energy drainage from tank walls are nullified.

However, here the initial installing charge is a bit more than a conventional water heater; but it is made up by the fact that this type of water heater saves energy and in the long run the service bills are much reduced.

Like others there are some disadvantages of the Tankless Water Heaters. If a hot water valve is switched on and off in repetition, it results in periods of hot and cold water. This is a result of the one-to-three second time lag taken by the water to begin flowing. There are various types of Tankless Water Heaters like:

· Gas Tankless Water Heaters: They come in both outdoor and indoor models. They are the preferred choice of both established and new householders who demand energy-efficiency along with continual supply of hot water that only these Gas Tankless Water Heater can produce.

· Electric Fired Tankless Water Heater: This features up to 50% less electric consumption compared to storage type heaters. Circulations of pumps are not required.

· Outdoor Tankless Water Heaters: This is ideal for households looking to maximize energy savings. Homeowners want the energy efficient water heaters.

· Indoor Tank less Water Heaters: These are also ideal for households looking to maximise energy savings. These have all the features same as the Outdoor Heaters except that it can be installed indoor.

· Propane Tankless Water Heaters: These are available in both indoor and outdoor models. Most homeowners choose them for their energy-efficiency and unending supply of hot water.


40 Gallon Electric Water Heater

The 40 Gallon Electric Water Heater runs on electricity. They have dual heating elements. They have dual heating elements- one of 4000 volts and another of 240 volts. This can heat up the water in the heater to nearly boiling point in less than an hour. This also needs maintenance. Its anode rod needs to be replaced every 2 years. The 40 water gallon is a somewhat economical option in heating options. The first-time investment might be a bit more than other options but it is a good choice. It has a long life. A 40 gallon electric water heater will produce adequate hot water for a small family of 4. These are quite energy efficient. Choosing and taking the decision to buy a 40 Gallon Electric Water Heater is the only big step. Making a purchase with prudence after doing some home work will surely make your water heater last longer.


50 Gallon Electric Water Heaters

A 50 Gallon Electric Water Heater is perfect for a household that contains three or four people. These have temperature and pressure relief valve. The over-temperature protector is designed to cut off power in excess temperature situations automatically. These are energy efficient.


Genera (GE) Electric Water Heaters

GE was the first company to announce the water heaters. GE first manufactured the heat pump water heaters and the tankless water heaters. Consumers feel secure before buying any products of GE as this is the oldest Water Heater manufacturing company. The GE Hybrid Electric Water Heater and the GE Tankless Water Heaters are the latest model of them. These are manufactured to improve energy efficiency. This provides the same hot water that any home maker will get from other Water Heaters but in less energy. They use only 2300kwh per year. All the GE Water Heaters are tankless.

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