Your water heater is getting older, and you’re considering getting a new one. Aside from the lower maintenance and more efficiency, you have to choose between electric and gas water heaters. Here are some benefits of an electric water heater from a residential electrician in Silver Spring.
An electric water heater has lower upfront costs than a gas heater. A gas water heater costs anywhere from $400-$800 and electric water heaters run anywhere from $300-$700. The installation cost for a gas water heater is anywhere from $1,000-$2,000, depending on if you have an existing gas line and vent. If not, you’ll have to have the gas line plumbed and a vent cut into the side of your house. The installation cost for an electric water heater runs from $700-$1,000. This makes the total installation cost for a gas water heater (40 gallons) between $1,400-$2,800 and the total cost for an electric water heater (40 gallons) between $1,000-$1,700.
It does cost slightly more per month to operate an electric vs. a gas water heater. For the average home, it costs about $30 a month for a gas water heater, and $42 per month for an electric water heater.
While the cost of running a gas water is less due to the lower cost of gas, electric water heaters are more efficient. This is due to the way the two types operate. In a gas water heater, the combustion gasses need to be vented, which takes some of the heat with it. An electric water heater doesn’t need to vent any gasses, so the energy losses are much lower, which translates into more efficiency.
As with any gas appliance, a gas water heater generates carbon monoxide as part of burning natural gas. A carbon monoxide leak can be dangerous and possibly deadly. There’s also the possibility of a gas leak and a possible explosion. Regular maintenance on the vent and gas lines is needed to prevent either of these issues. An electric water heater doesn’t pose either of these possible problems.
Maintaining either type of water heater is pretty straightforward. They both need to be flushed periodically to clear out any accumulated sediment which can shorten the lifespan of the unit. Gas water heaters need to have the vents checked and cleaned if necessary and the gas lines need to be checked for any problems. Electric water heaters don’t need this done.
If you want to lower your environmental impact, an electric water heater can help. They can be run on electricity generated by renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric. Overall they’re more energy-efficient as well. Gas water heaters have one fuel source – natural gas. Extracting natural gas is a dirty and environmentally damaging process. Burning it also releases greenhouse gasses into the air. They’re also less energy efficient.
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