At Indy Renovation, a question our plumbers get asked all the time is, “Should I switch from a gas to electric water heater?” Homeowners in Indianapolis want the best, most cost-efficient appliances for their homes, so it’s understandable why they would ask this question. Today, we’re going to discuss some pros and cons of gas and electric water heaters, so you can decide for yourself whether or not you should make the switch.
Gas Water Heaters
Gas water heaters run very efficiently and are quite cost-effective. In the long run, they’ll be cheaper to run and will save you money on your utility bill. You will also find that your hot water will last longer because of their efficiency. However, purchasing and installing a gas water heater is going to be more expensive up front. Installing a gas water heater is more labor-intensive and requires more materials to install, and many homeowners are shocked at the initial costs. Also, gas water heaters are quite loud when they run, so they may cause disruption in your day depending on where your water heater is located. Finally, any gas appliance comes with a risk of gas leaks. While gas is very safe if installed properly, you will need to make sure to use a professional every time to mitigate the risk.
Electric Water Heaters
Electric water heaters are generally much less expensive to purchase and install. They make little to no noise, so you shouldn’t even notice them during the day. There is no risk of gas or carbon dioxide leak, which may give you peace of mind. However, running an electric water heater is more expensive, so you will see an increase in your energy bill and the hot water will not last as long as it will with gas.
Should You Switch?
If you currently have a gas water heater that needs replaced, your best bet is to stick with gas and not switch to electric. We understand that it is tempting to purchase a less expensive water heater; however, the initial savings are likely not worth the increase in your energy bills going forward.
For water heater installation and repairs, call on the expert plumbers at Indy Renovation. We have the experience and know-how to give you great advice and service you can trust. Contact us today at (317) 593-9948.