Water Heater Types | Alabama Power


Which water heater is right for your family?

Important things to consider when choosing a water heater:

  1. Storage size: Storage tank water heaters are classified by the amount of 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.



Water heater types


Tank water heater

One less thing to worry about.

With an electric water heater, there’s no pilot light to worry about, no fumes from gas or carbon monoxide, and no ventilation problems. An electric water heater is low maintenance and has a long life expectancy. 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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Lifetime warranty water heater

The last water heater you'll ever buy.

Featuring one of the highest efficiency ratings, each Marathon comes with a manufacturer's lifetime tank warranty. A Marathon water heater is the toughest available today. It’s tough on the outside with an inner tank that won't rust, corrode, or leak —­­­ ever. Choose the electric water heater that’s built to last a lifetime in your home, not the landfill.

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Heat pump water heater

Cut hot water costs in half.

A heat pump water heater is the most efficient way to heat water. Using advanced technology, it absorbs heat in the surrounding air and transfers it into the water. Less energy is used to absorb heat compared to standard water heaters that generate heat. Choose a heat pump water heater and you could cut hot water costs in half — that equates to over $150 in savings per year for the average household.

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Did you know?

Water heating is the second largest energy expense you have in your home, accounting for 14-18 percent of your energy bill.


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.