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Should You Buy A Gas Or Electric Water Heater?

If you elect to build a home, rather than buy an existing residence, then you get to choose the appliances that will be used in that newly-built house. One of those appliances is the water heater. You get to decide whether your future home should have a gas or electric water heater.

Arguments for and against electrically-fueled heaters

The electric heaters cost less to install. No money needs to be spent building a gas line. On the other hand, those same appliances cost more to operate. That drawback reflects the heaters’ source of energy. In those heaters a series of resistance coils warms the stored liquid (water). Lots of energy gets used up during the act of heating up such coils. That energy costs money.

Moreover, the water’s temperature goes up more slowly in an electric heater. Yet that drawback can be corrected by using one of two different products. The heater’s surface can be surrounded with insulation or an insulating blanket. More recently a third product has come on the market—a high-efficiency heat pump (HPWH).

Arguments for and against a gas heater

Gas heaters cost less to operate than those that rely on an electrical current. In addition, the waters in a gas-fueled tank warm up faster than those in one that relies on electrical coils. In the gas-fueled model, the burning flame becomes a direct source of the required, water-warming energy.

In both types of tanks, the water’s level can fall quite low. When that happens, it may take a while for the heater to recover. The heater’s recovery takes place over a shorter period of time in one of the gas heaters. If there are any issues, call on the appliance repair service in Cambridge.

A third possibility

Today a homeowner does not have to purchase a traditional water heater. That does not force all the family members to take cold showers. Today homeowners can choose to have a tankless water heater in their family’s residence. Then again, the consumer must decide between a gas or electrically fueled product.

The tankless choice eliminates one of the problems associated with the warmed tanks. Whenever the water’s level in one of them got low, it took time for recovery of a clear liquid (water) that displayed a suitable warmth. With the tankless product, water gets heated the moment that someone turns on a tap.

The tankless problems also eliminate another problem that homeowners with tanks felt obligated to deal with. The absence of a tank increases the amount of space in the area with the water-heating unit. That could provide a homeowner with lots more storage space in a basement or in a garage. Moreover, no strange noises ever fill the space that used to hold a large tank.