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Water Heaters Buying Guide

This buyer’s guide is directed mainly at consumers. As a dealer, however, these are all things you want to keep in mind so that you stock the right selection of water heaters to cover various customer needs.

Unless you live in an apartment or condo community that relies on a water heater purchased by the landlord/rental/management company – or a unit that supplies hot water for numerous condos – you may one day be in the market for a hot water heater. There are a number of things to consider, however, before you purchase one. Some of these are as follows:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Examine your household and decide on capacity needs
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages between tankless water heaters and those with a tank
  • Carefully examine the space the water heater will fit into for dimensions, size, etc.
  • Be aware, ahead of time, what kind of fuel will be used/required

Let’s examine each of these.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a major concern among many these days. For good reason. Not only will it improve the cost of running your home, it’s also better for the planet and the environment. Because energy efficiency is such a hot button today, more and more companies are creating energy-efficient appliances and electronics.

A good rule of thumb is to go with an Energy Star Certified unit. You may also need to consider energy factor if you’re in the market for an oil-fired or gas-fired water heater. The unit will be more energy-efficient the higher the energy factor.

Capacity Needs

To figure out what capacity your water heater needs to be, look at your household. It must adequately serve you and/or your entire family. You need to not only consider how much water can be held by the tank at one time, but also how quickly that water will heat up. You’ll need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is your water usage?
  • How many people live in your home?
  • What size is your house?
  • How many hot-water appliances do you have?
  • How many bathrooms do you have?
  • Are various demands for hot water occurring at one time?
  • Is the water heater gas or electric powered?

Tank Included or Tankless?

The lifestyle of your family and your budget will answer this question. Water heaters with a tank literally store hot water until it is needed. They have a lower upfront cost, most of the time. In the long term, however, they can cause higher energy costs. You may hear these referred to as “storage water heaters”.

Because they only deliver hot water when you need it, lower ongoing energy costs can be enjoyed by a tankless water heater user. However, the upfront cost is going to be higher. You may hear them referred to as “(on) demand water heaters”.


Look at the existing space your water heater is currently in. Your new water heater must fit in that space. You may need a professional to come in and evaluate considerations like wiring, gas lines, plumbing, etc. if alterations are needed.

Power or Fuel

Whatever fuel source or power source is used by your current water heater, you’ll probably want to stick with it. There can be a significant cost associated with switching to an alternate power source.

Looking for The Best Prices on Water Heaters in Bulk?

If you sell water heaters, you likely prefer wholesale prices to inflated retail prices. It only makes sense. Paying less for the appliances you sell means you will more likely have the financial opportunity to expand your business and certainly enjoy an improved profit margin.

For the best prices on appliances, turn to Ambar Distributors. In addition to serving dealers, we also serve residential builders, real estate agents, offices, electronic stores, contractors and developers/designers, corporate sales, corporate housing providers, property management and commercial builders, and apartments.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.