Residential Water Heaters

Water heating is the second highest energy user in the home.  Effective April 16, 2015, water heater manufacturers were made to comply with new Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standards. The most common water heaters manufactured on and after this date got a modest boost in efficiency, while units over 55 gallons shifted to next-generation technology, cutting utility bills by one-fourth to one-half depending on the technology.  New water heaters are larger than their predecessors which can require altering their placement location in order to fit.

One of the most efficient types of water heaters is a heat pump water heater. Households using electric water heating and a heat pump for space conditioning can reduce water heating costs by installing a “hybrid” heat pump system.  While these systems typically cost more on the front end to install, they typically pay for themselves within two years due to the annual savings in energy.  Plus, rebates are available through the EmPower Maryland Performance Based Incentives Program that typically offset the additional cost compared to a standard electric water heater.  On average, we've seen rebate amounts of $2,000 for these units.  All that is required is a home energy audit to be performed.

With higher efficiency ratings and groundbreaking designs, these models are part of an exciting new era in water heating.  It is now more important than ever to consult with a professional before replacing your water heater.  Welcome to the high efficiency revolution.

For more information on replacing and selecting a water heater, please visit the following article from Smarter House.

What separates A.J. Michaels from our competitors?

  • We install top of the line A.O. Smith and State water heaters made in Tennessee, not a foreign country.
  • We purchase through local distributors, supporting our local economy.
  • We offer "peace-of-mind" warranty coverage.
  • There is no extra charge for weekend or evening service.
  • Our price includes everything; proper sizing/fitment, flue draft inspection, new flue pipe, drain pan, and expansion tank.
  • We only charge extra if we need to correct an existing code/safety violation.
  • Free CO detector with each gas water heater.
  • We offer financing options including same-as-cash and low monthly payment plans.
  • Add it all up and you'll see that we offer the best service, equipment and pricing in the business.

In Baltimore call 410.435.5400, in Annapolis call 410.573.5858 or fill out the form on the right for a free estimate on a new water heater or to request service for your heating, air conditioning, plumbing and home performance needs.