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Should You Choose a Gas or Electric Water Heater?

You might be certain that you need to purchase a water heater, but which kind, gas or electric? There are pros and cons to each option, as well as other considerations like efficiency, recovery rate, first hour rating, and operating costs. Garry Richard’s Water Heaters Only is here to help you pick the right water heater for your requirements.

 

Gas Water Heaters

Take a look at the pros and cons of gas water heaters below and pick a product that suits your requirement.

Gas Water Heater

Gas Water Heaters

Pros:

 Maintains water temperatures with less energy

 Heats water more quickly than electric

 Short and tall models available

 Excellent warranties available

 

Cons:

 More expensive to install

 Requires more space to install

 

There are a few considerations while opting for a gas water heater. These include:

 Other Considerations – Gas Water Heaters
 Look for an efficiency rating of at least 55-65%
 The water heater’s recovery rate (how much water the tank can produce in 1 hour) should be around 30-40 gallons/hour, with a first hour rating (how much water is produced in 1 hour of continuous usage) at 50-60 gallons/hour
 Expect operating costs around $120 per year

Electric water heater

Electric Water Heaters

Pros:

 Safer than gas

 No venting is required, so installation is less complex

 Only a small space is required for installation

 Less expensive to purchase

 

Cons:

 Requires more time to heat water

 Can be more expensive to operate because of the amount of electricity required to heat water

 

Other Considerations – Electric Water Heaters:

 Look for an efficiency rating of at least 88-95%

 The water heater’s recovery rate (how much water the tank can produce in 1 hour) should be around 20-22 gallons/hour, with a first hour rating (how much water is produced in 1 hour of continuous usage) at 70-80 gallons/hour

 Expect operating costs around $400 per year

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