Conventional Water Heaters

Which is Better Gas Or Electric?

Gas is the fuel of choice if you already have natural-gas service or can run a gas line to your home economically. Gas models cost more than electrics. But on the basis of national-average fuel costs, a gas water heater will cost you about half as much to run as a comparable electric model. Thus, a gas heater might amortize the up-front difference in cost in as little as a year.

  • Advantages

    • Lower initial cost – A traditional water heater installation can be half as much as a tankless water heater.
    • Easy and inexpensive to replace – Less installation complications means that there’s less that can go wrong.
  • Disadvantages

    • Higher utility bill – They heat and reheat water at a pre-set temperature regardless of your water needs. This increases your utility bill—especially during the winter winter.
    • Bigger and harder to place – They occupy more room and can’t be placed outside.
    • Can run out of hot water – Ever been the last in your family to get the shower? It’s a chilling experience. This problem can be avoided by purchasing a larger tank (althought that will be more in energy costs, as well.)
    • Shorter life – Lasts 10-15 years. This means there’s more turnover and therefore you have to buy them twice as often as a tankless water heater.