What to consider when purchasing a water heater

by Justin Albrecht on November 16, 2011

Purchasing a water heater is an important investment in your home. With a little bit of knowledge and research you can have confidence that your new water heater will provide you with many years of reliable service.

Should I invest in an electric, propane, or natural gas heater?

Electric water heaters have the greatest energy efficiency of all the fuels available on the market. What will be the cheapest cost of operation though comes down to the costs of energy in your local community and not efficiency necessarily.

However, in nearly all markets a Marathon would be the cheapest and most fiscally responsible solution compared to propane and natural gas heaters, especially with the trend of greatly fluctuating gas prices around the world. By investing in electric energy you are also gaining the safety and peace of mind from the dangers of other energy sources such as fuel leaks, carbon monoxide and even NOX fumes.

Additionally electric water heaters are cheaper to install and do not require the cumbersome and unattractive flues and channels necessary for venting the fumes from other water heaters.

How can I determine a tank’s efficiency?
Many other retailers will talk about a water heater’s first hour rating. This rating has its use in determining an element’s wattage but does not factor in any other attributes of the water heater. Because of this many high-end models will have roughly the same rating as cheaper and less efficient water heaters.

The best way to evaluate efficiency is with the Energy Factor (EF). The EF is a required assessment which all water heaters must undergo that simulates real-world conditions. This assesment will take into account factors such as element usage, insulation and standby loss. Marathon water heaters offer the greatest EF rating in every category of any tank available.

What this means is that only the water you use is being heated. Energy is not being wasted and heat is not being radiated while in standby.

What should I watch for in selecting a warranty?
What you should first observe is the warranty’s length. The U.S. Department of Energy claims that the typical lifetime for a steel water heater is no greater than ten years. While your previous steel heater may have survived fifteen to twenty years, your next steel heater probably will not.

Because manufacturers have found ways to cut production costs over the years. Due to this newer units have less steel and porcelain than past models thus they will likely not last long past their warranty.

Having to replace your water heater frequently can become very costly. Labor costs to have a qualified plumber install your heater can add up very quickly. Faulty heaters can cause a lot of damage if a leak goes unnoticed – a potential danger which will increase if you frequently invest in low quality water heaters.

The second biggest concern for buyers is the warranty exclusions. Many companies construct what appear to be great warranties but sidestep responsibility by having the most common causes of failures void the warranty. Some of these exclusions include laying the heater on its side during shipping, hard water, etc. 

What Marathon offers its residential consumers is a lifetime “no-leak” warranty. Marathon does not include an abundance of exclusory legal practices. If under normal conditions your tank begins to leak you’ll be provided with another – no strings attached.

What else should I consider when looking for a tank?
Purchasers should not just take into account the tank. Everything included with the water heater (or more commonly, not included) should be considered. Marathon saves its consumers time and money by providing the necessary components that other retailers will withhold as “accessories.”

Marathon water heaters come with a factory-installed temperature and pressure relief valve, a vacuum relief valve, four feet of pipe insulation and union fittings for every connection. All of our components are of the highest quality – the drain valves and fittings included are all brass. Many other manufacturers use poor plastic components that are not as durable.

Our products were also made with you in mind – the tank’s concave bottom allows for easier sediment removal and draining while diminishing sediment accumulation in the process. Features like these keep Marathon running a step ahead of the rest.

How large of a water heater do I require?
A combination of factors goes into determining the size of the heater required. The number of members you have in your household as well as large hot water expenditures such as whirlpools or Jacuzzis all add to the size necessary to make supply match the demand.

If you have a greater number of bedrooms than household members it still may be a good idea to purchase a larger heater as this could help your home’s resale value and will prove useful if your family does expand.

If you invest in Marathon you are not getting a typical water heater, you are getting one that will last a lifetime.

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WaterHeaterMeister January 29, 2012 at 4:08 am

Marathon water heaters are really some of the coolest water heaters on the market. I see them getting used in Home Energy Makeover Homes that are sponsored by some local utilities. Here is an example that I found on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJTN6vtn4Vs

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