Your water heater is an important part of your home. When there are problems with the water heater, it affects many aspects of your home such as the shower, dishwasher, kitchen faucet, and a variety of other places. There is much debate among homeowners regarding the differences in superiority between electric and gas water heaters; some folks maintain that gas is the only way to go, while others boast about the safety of electric heaters. The Roto-Rooter in Greenville has had plenty of experience with both types of water heaters. Here are some of the key differences between the two.
Gas water heaters have been the popular choice in this specific area for a long time, and are known for heating large amounts of water both quickly and efficiently. Although initially more money upfront, the gas water heater will consume less energy over an extended period of time. However, electric water heaters are cheaper, easier to install, and usually have a less expensive price tag than gas heaters. Therefore, the economical comparison between the two is entirely situational and depends on personal preference. For professional advice on which heater is best for you, call Roto-Rooter.
The odds of a gas-related explosion far outweigh the odds of an electrical explosion. In general, this makes the electric heater a safer choice than gas. Should a gas water heater cause an explosion, the damage to your house will be much more significant than the damage inflicted by an electrical explosion. Furthermore, gas water heaters also operate with an open flame. This is something that you may feel uncomfortable about having in your house. Overall, the electric water heater wins in this category.
A gas water heater is much larger than an electric water heater. If you live in a house with the capability to host a large water heater, then this shouldn’t be an issue for you. However, if you live in a smaller house, condo, or apartment, then you may want to go with an electric water heater. Gas water heaters require up to a foot and a half of space on all sides, while an electric heater has no such requirements. Electric water heaters can easily and safely be stored in small closet spaces or cubby holes. If you have any questions about the requirements needed to host either of these water heaters, contact your local Roto-Rooter for more information.
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