How do I know what type of water heater I have?

Conventional Water Heaters

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The internet is full of information, but there’s nothing like a good old picture.
Take a look at the following pictures and see what type of water heater or heating system you need help with.  To easily figure out if you have an oil fired water heater, COMPARE YOUR WATER HEATER WITH ONE PICTURED BELOW.  These are all the most popular types of water heaters that will be found in Connecticut.


Gas Water Heaters CT (& propane)

If you have a “tank type” water heater with, 1″ –  1/2″ gas pipe supplying the gas valve located at the bottom front of the water heater with natural gas (or propane)  in a residential home you likely have a standard 40-50 gallon standard water heater, vented into a chimney.

Pictures of gas/ propane water heaters:

Electric Water Heaters CT

If you have a “tank type” water heater, with an electric cord going into the top of the tank, and No exhaust vent pipe-  you likely have a standard electric water heater.
Electric water heaters have a 220 amp electric line going from the water heater back to the homes electrical fuse box, with a double pull 30 amp fuse breaker.

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Oil Fired Water Heaters CT

water heater oil burner ctare easy to identify, they have to distinct things about them.  oil fired water heater vent pipe
1) An Oil Burner will be sticking out the front lower portion of the tank (pic left)
2) They all have silver colored exhaust venting connecting them to the chimney (pic right)
3) Oil fired water heaters have an electrical wiring going to the burner, back to the electrical fuse-box- which powers the burner.
4) All oil fired water heaters have an emergency shut off switch that kills the power to the burner/ turns off the unit quickly.  (The switch is usually at the top of the basement stairs, or next within a few feet of the tank) 


Pictures of oil fired water heaters:

Storage Tanks CT

are commonly found connected to oil fired boilers: (they have No exhaust piping)

Storage Tank water heaters are connected to a small chamber of the front or side of an oil fired boiler, called, a Tankless Coil.   Many residential oil fired boilers have these “Tankless Coils” which produces the domestic hot water safely in a separate chamber within the boiler, which does not cross connect with the boiler water.   Storage tanks will have a separate pump located either directly on top, or to the side of the tank- wired back to the tankless coil.

Pictures of storage tank water heaters:


Indirect Water Heaters CT

indirect water heater quotes ct

are usually connected to gas & propane boilers,  (they have No exhaust piping)   Indirect water heaters a have a separate dedicated zone off the boiler for it’s source of hot water.   A separately located zone pump forces hot water from the boiler to an inner coil (pic right) which is a heat exchanger, passing the boilers hot water safely to the protected tank of surrounding domestic water, for home and personal use.
This (right) is a side cut away picture of what indirect water heaters look like on the inside.

*An indirect water heater will Never be piped into a Tankless Coil- on an oil fired boiler.
*A Storage Tank water heater can not be substituted for an Indirect water heater.

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Tankless Water Heaters CT

Follow this link to lean more about Tankless water heaters.

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Heat Pump Water Heaters CT

Follow this link to lean more about Heat Pump water heaters.

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