If your old water heater has finally broken down, or you need one for your new house, the big question is what kind to replace it with. Do you go with a gas powered model, or one that uses electricity? These 5 reasons may convince you to go with an electric model instead of gas.
Electric Water Heaters Can Fit In Small Spaces
If limited space is a concern for you, an electric water heater could be the solution. A gas heater needs plenty of space for ventilation due to gas being combustible. You will not be able to install a gas tank inside a small cabinet or a crawlspace, which would be an issue if you do not have a basement in your home. If the tank fits in the space, an electric tank will work.
Electric Water Heaters Do Not Use A Pilot Light
Many homeowners do not like a gas water heater due to it needing a pilot light. When the light accidentally goes out, it needs to be re-lit manually. It is not an automatic process, and if you do not know it needs to be done, you could end up with a cold tank of water. Electric heaters will turn on automatically, even after a power outage. Many new models of gas water heaters have electric ignitions and a pilot light, which depend on electricity and still require manually starting it up.
Electric Water Heaters Are Easier To Install
If you already have an electric water tank, you may find it to be very difficult to switch to a gas powered tank due to the installation process. Gas water heaters need to be properly vented to your roof, which is very difficult to do without professional help. All an electric heater needs is a power outlet, and will not require any ventilation.
Electric Water Heaters Can Be Put On A Timer
Since an electric heater turns on automatically, you can put the appliance on a digital timer to turn off and on when you are not at home. This can be great for if you're away on a long vacation, and want to program your water heater to turn back on before you return home.
Electric Heaters Can Run On Solar Power
When going green is a concern, you can run an electric hot water heater on solar power. It can be tied into an existing solar panel you have on your home, or a system designed just for your water heater.
If you need help selecting or installing an electric water tank, contact a local plumber like one from T.C.R. Rooter & Plumbing Repair in your area.