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Do you have problems with your water heater? Suburban Services Group can help you!

There are many different types of water heaters, and many options for home owners.  The most common water heaters are Gas water heaters and electric water heaters, but there is also oil fired water heaters and indirect water heaters as well as t the hot water coil on boilers. Simply put gas water heaters are heated by gas, either natural or propane, electric water heaters are heated by electricity and oil fired are heated by oil. The indirect water heater is heated by the boiler, and the hot water coil is also heated by a boiler.

How do I know when to replace my water heater?

Age is one factor, when a water heater is over ten years old, you may want to consider replacement. If the water heater is leaking or you get only one hot shower, these are two other signs of failure. Other indicators are a slow recovery, noisy operation, calcium buildup, or no hot water.

Do I have a high recovery water heater?

Fast recovery water heaters will have more than 40,000 BTU input. The ID plate will note high or fast recovery.

What size water heater do I need?

Here is a quick test give one point for each: How many people in the home? How many bath tubes/showers? Add one (1) for each automatic dishwasher washing machines. Total this number and check the chart below.

Gas Water Heaters

If the total is:

Gallon Capacity Needed

4 or less

30 Gallon

5 – 7

40 Gallon

8 – 9

50 Gallon

10 or 12

75 Gallon

Make sure the BTUs of the new water heaters is equal to or greater than the one being replaced.

Electric Water Heaters

If the total is:

Gallon Capacity Needed

4 or less

40 Gallon

5 – 6

50 Gallon

7 – 8

66 Gallon

9 or 10

80 Gallon

10 or 12

120 Gallon

Never replace an electric water heater with a unit smaller in capacity than the one being removed.

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