Oil-Powered Water Heaters Help You Enjoy Long, Hot Showers

Date: December 20, 2018


If it takes longer to heat water than it used to, or the water doesn’t get as hot, these are strong signs that you are ready for a new water heating unit. Other trouble signs include a slow leak from your tank or rust on the tank or in your tap water. (A water tank rusts from the inside out).

If you think your water heater is failing—the average water heater lasts anywhere from 7 to 13 years—then please contact your local heating oil company about your options in new oil-fired water heaters.

Oil-fired water heating systems mean low-cost access to virtually unlimited amounts of hot water. That’s because their “recovery rate” is as high as 120 gallons per hour. (Recovery rate measures how many gallons of water can be heated in an hour). This means plenty of hot water for the whole family.

Take the Indirect Approach

Many people in Massachusetts now use their boilers not only to heat their homes, but to produce hot water for showers, hot tubs, washing machines, dishwashers—you name it. And they get it virtually free in the winter.

It’s called an indirect-fired water heater, and if you have a boiler, it can be a phenomenal option.
Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works for free.

How Does an Indirect-Fired Water Heater Work?

  • The boiler circulates hot water to a coil inside the water heater.
  • The heat from the boiler’s hot water transfers from the coil to the water in the tank.
  • This system is most efficient in the winter when the boiler is being used to heat both the home and domestic water. In effect, no extra energy is needed to heat your domestic water–as opposed to a traditional water tank with its own separate burner.
  • Because the indirect fired water heater gets installed as a separate zone with its own thermostat, the boiler “understands” when it needs to produce heat for that tank only—and not send unnecessary heat into the home.

Please contact your local heating oil company in Massachusetts to explore your options in oil-powered water heaters.