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Gas vs. Electric Water Heater: Which One Makes More Sense for You?

Buying a water heater used to be a fairly simply process.  Oil, gas, or electric.  Bigger, smaller, or same size storage tank.  Find a good value, a reputable water heater company in the Beaumont area to install and maintain it and voila, suddenly you have all the hot water you need.

Today, you have more options than ever, and therefore more to think about.  Options that include a tankless water heater, the kind that don’t rely on storage tanks to heat the water.  But for now, let’s stick to comparing gas vs. electric water heaters to at least get you started down the road to making a decision.

Advantages of Natural Gas Water Heaters

  1. Quick recovery.  Gas water heaters recover twice as fast as electric units. 
  1. Lower operating costs.  Gas systems typically cost less to operate than an electric storage tank model.
  1. Safety.  Natural gas water heaters have an excellent safety record, especially when properly maintained.
  1. Minimal environmental impact.  Of all the fossil fuels, gas burns the most efficiently.

Advantages of Electric Water Heaters

  1. Lower initial purchase cost.  Electric water heaters cost up to $700 less to purchase when compared to like-size gas system.
  1. Lower installation cost.
  1. Longer lifespan.  Natural gas water heaters have built-in corrosive elements that typically shorten their lifespan when compared to electric water heaters.
  1. No greenhouse emissions.  Electrical water heaters are more environmentally friendly than gas.
  1. Greater accessibility. Electric water heaters can be installed in any home with electricity.  Natural gas, on the other hand, in not universally available.

At Connor Plumbing, we are water heater specialists who can help you choose what’s best for you and your family.  And that includes explaining all of your options, including the newer gas condensing and electric hybrid heat pump models.  Call us today for routine maintenance, expert repairs, or a free quote on new and energy efficient hot water heater.

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