What’s the Difference: Electric vs. Gas Water Heater
Ever wondered what the difference between an electric and a gas water heater is? And what about tankless water heaters? We have the answers! We’ll tell you the difference between each of the types of water heaters, as well as pros and cons of each. We want you to be able to find the best water heater for your needs, and know what your getting yourself into once you make a decision.
Types of water heaters
Gas – Gas water heaters use the gas from your home to heat the water, which is then stored in the tank to be used next time you shower, run the dishwasher, etc. With this type it is possible for some of the heat to be lost while it is waiting to be used. Standard models will be able to store between 20 and 80 gallons of hot water and they last about 15-18 years. Though these water heaters are more expensive to install, they make up for the difference in about a year. They are also cheaper to maintain.
Electric – Electric water heaters are essentially the same as gas water heaters, with the only difference being using electricity to heat the water and then store it. They do not lose heat via ventilation in their tank, but they can be more expensive to keep. They are initially cheaper to buy and install, but electricity is more expensive and averages $12 a month more. They last about 12 years.
Tankless – Tankless water heaters use a burner to heat your water on an as-needs basis. As you run the water in your shower your tankless water heater will only then heat the water. These tend to be more efficient, but more expensive. They can cost almost double the amount of a regular water heater, but are more efficient and can save you money in the long run. They are also harder and more expensive to maintain. They can last up to 20 years.
Now that you know a little more about your water heater, we hope you are able to make the decision that is best for your needs! Once you have decided, give us a call to schedule the installation. We will make sure to take care of your home and installation, so that you won’t worry. We are also happy to make any repairs necessary!
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