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Information You Should Know When Choosing an Electric Water Heater

One of the simple pleasures in life is turning on the water and taking a hot shower. There are several options available on eBay that will provide hot water for your household. Let's look at what you should know about electric water heaters.

What are the different types of hot water heaters?

There are several options available for heating your water. There are the conventional tank heaters, tankless water heaters, hybrid water heaters, and under-sink heaters. Here is more information about each kind:

  • Conventional tank heaters: These heaters apply constant heat to the water to keep it at a predetermined temperature all the time. This means you can have hot water instantly.
  • Tankless water heaters: These types of water heaters have grown in use over the years. They heat the water as it is used instead of constantly heating the water. They are designed to be more energy efficient.
  • Hybrid water heaters: This type of water heater uses a heat pump that pulls the heat in from the air and heats the water with it.
  • Under-sink heater: These are small heaters that will fit under your sink to provide hot water for the sink and the dishwasher.
What parts will you need to install a water heater?

Each type of water heater has some items that are universally needed. You will need proper piping, pipe glue, a hacksaw, and other items. The type of piping you need will depend on what you already have installed in your home. PVC piping can be put together with pipe glue. Copper piping requires that the joints be welded together. You also may want to purchase on/off valves in order to easily shut the water off to the water heater. All of these items can be found easily on eBay.

Where can a hot water heater be installed?

Where you place a hot water heater will depend on the type you install. The conventional tank heaters are often placed in a garage, a basement, or a closet within the home. Under-sink heaters are made specifically for under the sink. Tankless water heaters and hybrid water heaters both can be mounted on a wall, so they can be placed in many different spots within your home depending on where is most convenient to you. It often is a good idea to place the hot water heaters as close to the places where hot water will be used as possible to be the most efficient.

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