An investment in a new water heater can be significant, and there are several options on the market. Here are a few facts about gas, electric, and tankless water heaters to help you decide which is best for your home.
Electric Water Heaters
About 40 percent of homes in the U.S. use electric water heaters. They are more efficient than a gas water heater, but they tend to cost more. Electric water heaters also have a slower recovery rate, meaning they take longer to heat water after you have run out.
Gas Water Heaters
Gas is cheaper than electricity, and more Americans use gas water heaters than electric ones. A gas-powered water heater can heat 50 gallons of water in about one hour, providing convenience and comfort for a large family. Although they have certain conveniences, like being operable even during a power outage, they are less energy efficient than electric.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are newer, but are increasing in popularity. Rather than holding several gallons of heated water at the ready, tankless or instant water heaters only heat the water you use. By using powerful burners, the tankless water heater is much more energy efficient than a standard tank. They also have a lifespan twice as long; 20 years rather than a standard tank’s 10. The only downside is more expensive installation costs.
Installing or repairing a water heater can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Call our experienced plumbing company in Fort Worth, TX for water heater repair and installation at (817) 560-4144. Our plumbers are available 24/7 for your convenience!