Selecting a New Water Heater? Here Are the Pros and Cons of Gas Water Heaters
At Stuart’s Plumbing, we’ve been providing the highest quality plumbing repair service for both residential homes and commercial properties since 1990. We’re experts in all things related to water heater systems, and if you’re considering a new water heater, we’re here to help.
When replacing your water heater in your Auburndale, Florida area home, you have the option between electric and gas water heaters. Electric water heaters use electricity to heat up resistance coils that heat up the water in a tank, while gas water heaters use natural gas to generate the energy needed to heat the water tank. While it’s estimated that approximately 60% of homes in the US have gas water heaters, it’s important to consider the pros and cons when it comes time to replace your water heater.
Pros of Gas Water Heaters
- The ability to heat more water, quicker than an electric water heater (an important factor if you have a large family in your home!)
- Gas heaters will continue to perform in a power shortage, as they are not dependent on electricity.
- The cost of maintaining gas water heaters is generally lower; the money you’d save in energy efficiency using an electric heater is spent on electricity bills.
Cons of Gas Water Heaters
- Gas is generally less efficient than electricity.
- Gas water heaters are more expensive than electric.
- Because water is continuously heated, there is more heat loss in the storage tank.
- Gas is combustible, which means there is a chance your gas water heater could explode if not properly maintained.
Extra piping for the gas exhaust is needed in the home.