Water Heating

Water Heater Options

  • Gas or Electric Storage (Tank)

    Storage type are the most common type of water heater, keeping water hot and ready for use in an insulated tank. New energy-efficient models contain higher levels of insulation around the tank, reducing standby heat loss.

    From a gas standard efficiency thru the Rheem HP50 and to the top of the line Marathon Electric Water Heater we can help you find the fit that is right for your home.

  • Demand (Tankless/Instantaneous)

    This type of water heater provides hot water on demand by circulating it through a coil heated with gas. The energy consumption of these units may be lower, since standby losses from the storage tank are eliminated.

    Most customers are brand savvy when it comes to these products but we can certainly make suggestions. We are certified installers of most brands. Tankless water heaters typically run between $3000 and $4200 depending on the application. In most cases this price includes a new dedicated gas line from the meter to the heater location to meet the units high BTU demand. Federal, state, and ETO incentives can cover up to $2040 of that cost.

  • Condensing Storage (Tank)

    These are similar to gas storage tank units, except that their elaborate heat exchangers extract more heat from combustion gases. This type of water heater is found more often incommercial applications.

  • Hybrid

    Very similar to the tankless unit with a small amount of storage to easily allow for a recirculation option. Same incentives are available.

  • Solar

    This type of unit harnesses the sun's energy to heat water. A solar thermal system typically costs about $11,000 with federal, state, and ETO incentives covering up to $4500 depending on the system. Black Cat Plumbing is a factory certified installer and an ETO Solar Trade Ally.

Venting Types

  • Natural Vent (Atmospheric Vent)

    Atmospheric venting relies on temperature and pressure differences between the inside and outside of the home and the heat of the exhaust gas , mostly water vapor, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide to move the exhaust gas out of the home through a vertical chimney or flue.

  • Power vent

    Power venting uses a fan to assures proper exhaust of combustion gases, mostly water vapor, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide through the side wall of the home. The chimney or flue is no longer used.

  • Direct Vent

    Direct venting uses both an intake and exhaust duct to move combustion gases through the side wall of the home. Direct venting reduces the chance of exhaust gases remaining in the home. The intake and exhaust can run side by side or concentric. Most demand heaters are the latter.


Gas or Electric Storage (Tank)Gas or Electric Storage (Tank)

Gas or Electric Storage (TANK)

Tankless water heater


Hybrid water heater


Solar water heater