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Posted by on September 23, 2022

Electric Water Heaters vs Gas Water Heaters So far we’ve given you a list of things to consider when buying a new water heater and compared traditional and tankless models, so this week we thought we’d help you figure out the differences between gas water heaters and electric water heaters. We compared the two units according to four important criteria: performance, efficiency, cost and lifetime. See how the models stack up against each other:

Gas Water Heaters

Performance: There are two major performance advantages associated with gas water heaters: a relatively fast recovery rate and their ability to continue running even if the power goes out.

  1. Efficiency: The disadvantage of fast recovery is the inefficiency associated with it. Since the water is still hot, your unit is always using energy; top it all up with heat loss and you can see that your hot water heater may not be your most efficient appliance.  Fortunately, investing in a newer, high-quality model or even just insulating your current unit can increase efficiency.
  2. Cost: If your home already has gas lines, a gas water heater is likely to be a much cheaper model to use and maintain.
  3. Lifespan: You can expect a gas water heater to last around 12 years.

Electric Water Heaters

  1. Performance: Electric water heaters have a much slower recovery rate, about 50 gallons per hour, so if you have a larger family, they may not be the best choice for your home. Also, electric water heaters won’t work in the event of a power outage, so if you live in a storm-prone area, you can also opt for a gas unit.
  2. Efficiency: Electric heaters beat the sky when it comes to energy efficiency, but of course the trade-off is a longer recovery time and the cost of the electricity itself.
  3. Cost: Even though electricity is more energy efficient, it simply costs more than gas. So any savings you get with a more efficient device will go back into the actual power of the unit; therefore, you can expect to spend more when using an electric water heater.
  4. Lifespan: You can expect an electric water heater to last around 13 years.

When choosing a water heater, you need to consider the size of your home, the number of people living in your home, the amount of hot water you use daily, and even maintenance. If you need help making the right choice, give us a call or contact us online here at  we’re here to help with all your needs!

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