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Water Heaters

Water Heater Repair and Replacement – Chicago & Suburbs – Free Estimates

If you need help with your water heater, give The Scottish Plumber a call at 888-451-6137, or contact us here.  If you have a leaking water heater, are not getting enough hot water, or are simply looking for a new unit, we can send one of our friendly technicians to provide you with a free estimate on anything from water heater repair to water heater replacement and upgrade.

Getting Into Hot Water

Today, the typical Chicagoland homeowner has more options for getting into hot water than ever before. Water heater choices include standard efficiency tank models, high-recovery tanks, high-efficiency tanks, tankless, and hybrid water heaters. Let us guide you through the clutter and help you make an educated choice.

Standard Tank Water Heaters

These models have come a long way in the last few decades. Advances in temperature and pressure relief valves, and innovations such as flame guard systems, which prevent flammable fumes from entering the combustion chamber, have made water heaters safer. Other improvements, such as better tank lining, innovations to gas control valves and thermocouples, along with the advent of self-cleaning mechanisms, have made these tanks better and more efficient performers.

These units usually range from 30 to 75 gallons in capacity.

High-Efficiency Water Heaters

High-Efficiency water heaters, such as the Bradford White EF Energy Saver model, use an automatic flue damper which opens and closes based on use. This mechanism can significantly reduce heat loss, which in turn means less gas consumption and higher efficiency.

The high-efficiency models from Bradford White are Energy Star rated.

High-Performance Hybrid Water Heaters

High-Performance units come in smaller sizes, but pack a bigger punch than standard tank water heaters. The Bradford White units come in 25 gallon and 55 gallon sizes, but produce 155 gallons and 200 gallons of hot water, respectively, in the first hour. That’s better performance than most units twice their size.

Tankless Water Heaters

One way to ensure that you never run out of hot water is to install a tankless water heater.  These units also tend to be more efficient because they only heat the water actually being used.

The Scottish Plumber can provide you with several options to best fit your particular needs. But here are a few things to think about when considering a tankless water heater.


  • Less energy consumption
  • Never run out of hot water
  • Takes up less space
  • More aesthetically pleasing


  • Higher up-front cost
  • Maintenance required

Hybrid Water Heaters

Hybrid water heaters are basically a hybrid of a tank type water heater and a tankless water heater.  They include a small storage tank – usually no bigger than around 20 gallons – and provide a combination of:

Water flow of a tank type water heater

Efficiency of a tankless water heater

Thermostat activation of a tank type water heater

Flow sensing activation of a tankless water heater

Atmospheric Vent vs. Power Vent Water Heaters

Most water heaters will vent in one of two ways. Atmospherically, meaning up and out through the chimney, or using a powered fan, out through the wall. Power Vent water heaters are usually only used when the tank can’t be installed near or vented through a chimney. They are more expensive to install and more expensive to operate. Atmospheric vent should be used whenever possible.