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Step 1 of 2: What type of water heater do you have in your home? Select your water heater type below (most homes in your area have natural gas water heaters).


natural gas Natural Gas

Electric Electric


Not sure which type of Water Heater you have?

One of these helpful hints will help you get your answer:

    Electric Panel
  • Look in your electric panel for a circuit breaker tagged WH or Water Heater. If you see this, it’s Electric.
    Label/Tag on Water Heater
  • Look on your Water Heater for a Name tag. ALL Water Heaters must have a name tag which includes:
    • Manufacturers Name
    • Model
    • Serial #
    • Type of fuel
    If it’s Electric it will also have:
    • Voltage
    • Wattage
    • Current (but not always included)
    • Phase
    Pipe Type
  • When you look at your Water Heater you will see two copper pipes going into the top. Then search for a ½ - 1 inch black pipe going into the bottom of the tank.

    If you see this black pipe, it indicates your Water Heater uses Natural Gas.

    If you don’t see this black pipe, then you have an Electric Water Heater.
    Pilot Light
  • Look down at the bottom of the Water Heater or ask an adult to help you remove the access panel on the side of your Water Heater and look inside for a blue flame. This is called a pilot light and indicates the presence of Natural Gas. If you see a pilot light, then you have a Natural Gas Water Heater. Electrical Water Heaters do not have pilot lights.
    Electrical Cord
  • Look at the top of the heater for an electrical supply cord. This looks like a thick extension cord and is generally black or gray. If you see one going into the top or side of the heater, it is an Electric Water Heater.
    Vent Pipe
  • Look for a vent pipe on top of your Water Heater. The presence of a 3- or 4-inch vent pipe indicates a Natural Gas Water Heater, because the fan and motor inside the Water Heater force exhaust created by the natural gas out into this vent and outside. Electric Water Heaters do not have a venting system as there is no exhaust
  • Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_6088435_tell-electricic-gas-water-heater.html
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