When owning a home here in Northeast Wisconsin, there are a lot of considerations to think about to stay comfortable! Finding energy-efficient appliances is a top concern for Wisconsin homeowners we talk to. An issue most homeowners don’t give much thought to (but should!) is their water heater! Too often water heaters are ignored or forgotten about until something goes wrong. Let’s take some time now to learn more and get familiar with water heaters! Watters Plumbing wants to go over the differences between electric water heaters and gas water heaters so you can better choose which is the better route to go for your home.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Different Types of Water Heaters
Electric Water Heaters
What do electric water heaters use as their energy source?
Using domestic power as the energy source, electric water heaters use electric resistance coils to heat your home’s water.
Do electric hot water heaters use a lot of electricity?
Electric water heaters use less energy to run, however, the cost of electricity it uses usually outweighs that benefit.
What is the average cost of an electric water heater?
Generally speaking, the average cost of an electric water heater is $1,127. Factors that go into price are the type of model, size and the labor to put the water heater into your home.
What is the life expectancy of an electric water heater?
The life expectancy of electric water heaters is typically up to 13 years.
Are electric water heaters worth it?
Depending on the size of an electric water heater, consumers can expect to pay between $440 to $580 per year. This will vary depending on how often it is used.
Gas Water Heaters
What do gas water heaters use as their energy source?
Used in 60% of households, gas water heaters use natural gas which means they will still work in a power outage.
Are gas water heaters more efficient than electric water heaters?
These types of water heaters are less energy-efficient compared to electric water heaters but they have a faster recovery rate – which is a good selling point for those with bigger families.
How long can I expect a gas water heater to last?
Gas water heaters are typically cheaper to install and last between 12 to 13 years.
How much does it cost to replace a gas water heater?
To install a gas water heater, it can cost between $600 and $2,800.
Which brand of gas water heater is best?
That depends a lot on your home and family’s water use. We’d love to talk more about your options and find the right solution for you!
Is a gas water heater expensive?
The annual operating cost of a gas water heater can range from $225 and $350.
Whichever You Choose, Watters Plumbing Can Help Install Your Water Heater!
Here at Watters Plumbing, we offer a variety of top-selling water heater brands like A.O. Smith, Rheem, Bradford White, Navien, Richmond and State. To learn more about our options and installation process, you can check out our water heaters page. If you are looking to have your water heater replaced, or have questions about which product is best for you, please contact us and we can set up an appointment to go over all your options!