Pros and Cons of Gas and Electric Water Heaters

No matter where you live, having access to hot water is necessary — especially here in Edmond. However, hot water for your business and home comes at a price. According to the DOE, water heating is the second-largest household expense, as it accounts for 14-18 percent of a home's total utility bill. This makes choosing the right water heater a vital decision because the right balance between performance and cost-effective water heating could help you keep more money in your pockets. In this blog, we are going to go over the pros and cons of the two most popular water heaters in the United States; the gas water heater and an electric water heater.


Gas Water Heaters

The Pros of a Gas Water Heater

Gas water heaters use propane to heat your water and come with plenty of benefits.

Rapid Heating / High Recovery Rate

Gas water heaters are known to heat your water quickly. Compared to electric water heaters, gas tanks are twice as fast due to their fast recovery rate. A high recovery rate refers to the amount of water the tank can heat to the desired temperature in a given period. This makes them perfect for businesses and big families.

Lower Operating Costs

In Edmond and the rest of the United States, gas is cheaper than electricity. Getting a gas water heater installed or repaired will pay off in the long run, as it's more economical.

Gas Water Heaters Don't Need Electricity

One of the most significant advantages of a gas water heater is that as long as you have gas, you will be able to get hot water, even during a power outage.

Cons of Choosing a Gas Water Heater

Initial Costs

If you plan on utilizing a gas water installation service, the initial cost can be expensive. This is due to the requirement of laying down the ventilation system for its exhaust.

Convenience of Installation

Because of the ventilation system that needs to be installed and the size of the tank, gas water heaters have minimal locations they can be placed.

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters are very similar to gas water heaters. The main difference is evident as one runs on gas and the other electricity.

Electricity Water Heater Pros

Convenience and Ease of Use

The electric water heater is easier to use compared to a gas water heater because the tank runs purely on electricity. Don't worry about turning the gas on!

Easier and Lower Installation Costs

Electric water heaters do not require venting, and installing an electric water heater is a lot easier and convenient, leading to lower installation costs.

Power Source

Electric gas heaters tend to be more accessible and less dangerous. Gas water heaters have to connect to gas lines, which can be hazardous, and some homes and businesses don't have access to gas lines.

Electricity Water Heaters Cons

Can Be More Expensive In the Long Run

While the initial installation cost is cheaper, the operational costs of running an electric water heater are generally more expensive over time. Electricity is a more costly resource than gas.

Longer Recovery Time

Compared to the gas water heaters, the recovery rate is slower. This means that if a household has a high peak usage, the amount of hot water generated by an electric heater may not cover the household or business' needs.

Contact Water Heater Man

Still have questions or concerns? Visit our water heater tank pages to learn more about our sizes, installation process, and more. Or, contact Water Heater man today, and our knowledgeable and experienced team will get you on track to consistent hot water for your home or business in the Edmond area.

1709 South Fretz Avenue
Suite 130
Edmond, OK 73013