Water Heater Features

Related features

When you decide to install a new or replacement water heater, there are other considerations:

Safety features

Hot water tapThe building code requires the installation of a mixing valve when installing a new water heater to ensure a maximum delivery temperature at the fixture of 49°C.

  • Anti-scald mixing valves: Valve is installed directly into your plumbing system, mixing hot water with cold water to ensure that the water that comes out of the mixing valve is not above 49°C.

  • Thermostatic valves: The valve is installed on each hot water tap and showerhead in your home to ensure the hot water temperature does not exceed 49°C.

Venting types

Depending on your current water heating system, you may need to update the venting system when changing your water heater. A natural gas water heater requires air for combustion and ignition. 

Conventional Vent: 
Conventional vent Consider this option if:
  • You currently have an existing natural gas water heater with a conventional vent.
  • You want to place the new water heater in the same location and use the same vent system, such as a chimney.


Power Vent:
Powervent Consider this option if:
  • You can't use or don't have a chimney, for example when replacing an electric or oil water heater. 
  • The water heater does not have to be located close to an exterior wall.
  • Requires electricity for the electric fan that moves combustion products outside.
Direct Vent:
Direct vent Consider this option if:
  • You cannot use, or do not want to use, a chimney - when replacing an existing electric water heater, for example.
  • The water heater vents through an exterior wall.
  • No electricity is required.