When comparing the differences between electric and gas water heaters, you will want to weigh several factors before making your decision as to which is best for you.
Is your home electric only or do you have gas available? If your house does not have a gas line running into it, you will need to price out the cost of having a gas line installed, service connected, etc. While these costs may be significant upfront, if you live in a rural area, the annual cost of operating an electric water heater may soon surpass the upfront costs of having a gas line installed and using a gas water heater. Another benefit is that a gas water heater can still be used during a power outage (as long as it has a continuous gas pilot light).
How many people live in your home and how many gallons will you be using at the same time? For example, will you potentially be running hot water for showers, dishwashers and/or laundry all at the same time? The larger the tank size, the more hot water that is stored and readily available for use. Both gas and electric water heaters offer varying tank sizes for you to choose from. If you will be using a lot of hot water while doing multiple tasks and don’t want to run the risk of having a cold shower, you may want to consider an instant (tankless) hot water heater (available in both gas and electric).
Are you considered about utility costs? Local utility costs may also impact your buying choice. If you have gas available where you live, a gas flame water heater typically is a cheaper option than the electric counterpart when it comes to a monthly utility bill cost. While gas water heaters are cheaper month-to-month, they do usually cost more.
The average lifespan of both types of water heaters is of 8 to 15 years and warranties are available on almost every model. Both the gas and electric water heaters have advantages, but the more knowledge you have on the two options, the better decision you can make on what will work for you and your family.