Water Heaters

When it’s time to replace your old leaking water heater – replace it with an affordable, high-quality model from Platte-Clay. Take advantage of this great co-op member benefit and you will have even more peace of mind when your new water heater is covered under the co-op water heater service plan.

Co-op members may purchase one water heater at co-op member pricing; additional units are available at retail pricing. The co-op’s Water Heater Service Plan (details below) is available for each water heater at $4.50 a month.

For members building a new home or converting from gas to electric water heating, Platte-Clay members can purchase an A.O Smith electric water heater at a substantial discount.

Review the service plan by clicking here: Platte-Clay Water Heater Service Plan.

For more information, call (816) 628-3121 or e-mail amandam@pcec.coop

Marathon Water Heater

The Marathon electric water heater offers these advantages:

  • It’s the most durable water heater made, with a warranty to match
  • Tank comes complete with a factory installed vacuum relief valve, ¾” brass tee and ¾” brass nipple for easy, professional installations.
  • Replaceable brass drain valve
  • All wiring run in conduit for easy control wiring
  • Seamless blow molded polybutene tank with no anode rod required for a corrosion free life
  • High temperature, commercial-grade dip tubes for greater durability
  • The filament wound fiberglass outer tank is designed to be more flexible and withstand more pressure than conventional tanks
  • Our unique high temperature dip tube is offset from the concave bottom, creating a “whirlpool effect” which helps prevent sediment build-up
  • Every tank includes 4′ of pipe insulation for even greater savings.

A.O Smith Water Heater

The A.O. Smith electric water heater offers these advantages:

  • The ENT- 50 delivers a first hour rating of 62 gallons at a Uniform Energy Factor of 0.92
  • The Coregard™ sacrificial anode rod helps protect the tank from the corrosive effects of water
  • 6-year limited tank warranty
  • Dual 4500 watt elements for the fast recovery and reliable operation
  • DynaClean™ diffuser dip tube helps reduce lime and sediment buildup, maximizes hot water output
  • Every tank includes eco-friendly non CFC foam insulation, heat traps and specially designed combustion chamber. All of these combine to produce a high Uniform Energy Factor

Model Information

Questions? Please call 816-628-3121 or e-mail amandam@pcec.coop.

Water Heater Service Plan

Water heaters wear out. It is not a matter of “if” but “when.” It is inevitable. Pressurized water; metal pipes, valves, fittings, not to mention the constant expansion and contraction of the heating elements inside the heater, all contribute to the finite life of a water heater.

16Your family can have guaranteed hot water by signing up for the co-op water heater service plan today.

For a minimal monthly fee of $4.50 added onto your electric bill, Platte-Clay will provide free service on your water heater, which includes free parts or tank replacement and labor costs. Platte-Clay’s reliable, licensed technicians are experienced and well trained. We offer same day or next day service and also have 24-hour-a-day emergency service.

Please note: Your tank must be in good working condition at the time of signing the agreement and the program is offered only for electric water heaters.

Platte-Clay’s technician installs tanks according to the National Electrical and Plumbing Safety Codes which include the following.

  • Installation of properly pressurized, sized thermal expansion tank
  • Installation of pressure-reducing valve (PRV)
  • Drain pan when tank is installed on upper floor of structure
  • 30 amp breaker with 10/2 gauge wire

If your tank is replaced after it is enrolled under the service plan, you will be responsible for associated costs to bring your water heater up to code.

If you are interested in the co-op water heater service program, please download the PDF. To download the agreement to send in by mail, click here.

In addition, please refer to Expansion Tank for additional information which is outlined in the water heater service plan under paragraph c.

Water Heater Code Information

Expansion Tanks

In almost all instances code requires a pressure reducing valve and an expansion tank. When water is heated, it starts to expand, which causes a rise in water pressure.

The increased pressure must go somewhere. If there is nowhere for the pressure to go, it places extra stress and strain on your water heater and your home’s plumbing system. Increased pressure will shorten the life of your water heater. However, expansion tanks provide relief from this excess water pressure and protect your home.

Please watch the following video for a detailed explanation of thermal expansion tanks.


Water Pressure Reducing Valve (Pressure Regulators)

As population density increases, water pressure goes up as well. However, high water pressure can damage your plumbing and fixtures, including your water heater. This can cause a premature failure of the water heater. Pressure reducing valves will prevent unnecessary stress on your plumbing system.

Drain Pans

It’s generally recommended, and often required, to install a drain pan beneath your water heater tank. A leak could cause water damage, a drain pan reduces this possibility.

Dedicated Water Shutoff

Installing a dedicated water shutoff on your water heater will allow you to turn off water to your heater, but not to your entire home. This way, if you ever need to service your water heater, you won’t be inconvenienced with having to turn off the water to the rest of your house.