FAQ: Water Heaters in Portland

Portland Plumber Helping You Choose a Water Heater for Your Home

There are a variety of water heaters available for your Portland home, but knowing which one will work best for your specific needs may understandably seem overwhelming.

At 3 Mountains Plumbing we’ve been dedicated to providing full-service residential plumbing to the greater Portland area for almost 15 years. As part of our ongoing mission to deliver top quality service and know-how, we thought it would be useful to break down some of the basic differences.

Q: What are my options when it comes to water heaters in Portland?

A: There are three main types of water heaters from which to choose: gas, electric, and tankless. Before considering which one is best, we recommend working with a professional plumber to gain a better understanding of your home’s dimensions, ventilation, and desired water heating capacity. 

Q: How do gas water heaters work and what are the benefits?

A: Often more expensive to install, gas water heaters require proper ventilation that must meet stringent safety codes. One of the key advantages of going with a gas water heater is that they are unaffected by power outages.

Q: What are the advantages of installing an electric water heater?

A: Without ventilation needs, electric water heaters typically cost less up-front and require less maintenance than gas heaters. Electric water heaters are energy efficient systems with far fewer safety concerns.

Q: Are tankless water heaters worthy of all the praise they receive?

A: At 3 Mountains Plumbing we are big fans of tankless water heater installations. They do tend to cost more up-front, but often make up for their initial costs with lower monthly utility bills and overall longevity. These compact water heaters heat water on demand and conveniently deliver an endless flow of hot water for as long as desired.

Q: How do I choose the best water heater for my Portland home?

A: Of course you want to be as informed as possible, but we recommend working alongside a trained and licensed professional who can help you properly review and analyze your household’s specific needs. Remember that every home is as unique as the people who inhabit it.

Call or stop by 3 Mountains Plumbing today to find out which hot water heater is the right choice for your Portland home!

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