How can I tell what type of hot water system I currently have?

How can I tell what type of hot water system I currently have?

Remove the access panel on the side of the water heater and look inside for a blue flame. This is called a pilot light and indicates the presence of natural gas. If you see a pilot light, you have a gas water heater. There will also be an air vent for waste gas. Electrical water heaters do not have pilot lights or air vents. 
A large tank indicates a storage system and a box on the wall indicates an instantaneous type of hot water system.  

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