Gas or Electric Water Heater? | Roto-Rooter Blog

Gas or Electric Water Heater? | Roto-Rooter Blog

When it's time to buy a water heater which one should you buy? The answer depends on your specific circumstances. To help you determine which one is right for you, Roto-Rooter in Cleveland has compiled the following list of benefits for each of type of appliance.

Benefits of a Gas Water Heater

The most common form of water heater is a gas water heater with a tank. It is the most popular due to advantages such as the following:


Generally speaking, gas is a cheaper source of power than electricity. Depending on your particular utility rates you may save as much as 65 percent on a gas water heater over an electric one.

More Efficient

A gas appliance will reheat the water in the tank faster than an electric one. This means that when you run out of hot water you will get it back again in a shorter amount of time than with an electric heater. It also means that the first hour rating (FHR) is better.

Benefits of an Electric Water Heater

While most homes and businesses use gas, there are some distinct advantages to an electric water heater including the following:

Safer to Operate

With an electric water heater you do not run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or a gas leak.

Fits in a Smaller Spot

Gas water heaters require a certain amount of space around the water tank as well as on the top and bottom. On the other hand, an electric appliance does not. Because it does not use gas, it doesn't need the extra space required for safety. Therefore, you can put an electric water heater in a small closet.

Water Heater Timer

You can save a lot of money with an electric appliance by installing a timer. The timer is programmable so that it does not heat your water during low-use periods such as in the middle of the night or during the day when the house is empty. These timers are easy to install yourself, or you can ask an Cleveland Roto-Rooter plumber to do it for you.

No Special Ventilation

With a gas appliance you need a flue that vents the gas outside. With an electric appliance you don't need special ventilation. You can put the water heater wherever is convenient for you.

Get Help with Installation

Once you have evaluated your circumstances and decided upon a water heater, give Roto-Rooter a call. We're more than happy to come and install it for you. Remember, we're open 24 hours a day; we can come whenever it's convenient for your schedule.

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