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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions About Our Water Heater Service
What is the difference between electric and gas?
Most homes are set up for either gas or electric water heaters, although some with gas also allow you to set up an electric system. Generally speaking, gas systems are more cost effective and have a shorter recovery rate, meaning they “regenerate” water faster.
Electric water heaters are actually more energy efficient than gas systems, but because gas is cheaper than electricity, they end up being somewhat pricier to run.
What are the cost differences between tankless and standard?
Tankless water heaters are more expensive than standard water heaters upfront. However, when you factor in that most tankless water heaters live about 8-10 years longer and are more energy-efficient, you may be able to make up the difference in about two decades time.
Even if you’re not planning on staying in your home that long, you may find the convenience of the tankless system worth the extra cost.
How do tankless water heaters work?
Tankless systems circulate water through the system, pushing it past heating coils within the tankless unit. As the water moves past the coils, it heats up, so that by the time it exits the system, the water is hot enough for delivery.
Because water isn’t being stored in the unit like with a standard hot water heater, tankless water heaters can shut off the supply if something goes wrong, reducing the risk of flooding.
What are some things I should think about when shopping?
There are many differences between water heaters besides the gas-electric or standard-tankless divide. For example, capacity, features, and brands matter. We recommend checking out this buying guide from Consumer Reports for a thorough breakdown of the differences between various models and types of water heaters. Still have questions? Give us a call! We’d love to help you find the perfect water heater for your home.