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Water Heater Replacement: Gas or Electric?

Water heaters, like other common household appliances, have a limited lifespan. Sometimes they operate for decades until the wear and tear finally leads to failure. Other times, water heaters break for what seems like no reason.

Regardless of the reason that your water heater has failed, you likely have some incentive (warm showers) to schedule a water heater replacement with your local Columbus water heater specialists. That said, before you schedule an appointment, you’ll probably want to decide whether you’d like a gas water heater or an electric water heater.

At Only Water Heaters, we provide the Columbus area with unmatched water heater repairs, installations, and inspections. So if you’re looking for a new water heater and a team of experienced technicians to install it for you, we urge you to contact us today!

Below, we will briefly outline the differences between gas and electric water heaters to give you a better idea of what water heater replacement might be best for you and your Columbus area home.

Gas Water Heaters vs. Electric Water Heaters

While choosing a water heater might not seem like a big deal, the act of heating water is the second-largest expense in American homes — meaning that you might want to spend a little bit of extra time considering what water heater to buy.

When examining the two types of water heaters, there is one difference between the two that is quite obvious. One water heater operates using electricity while the other operates using gas. When it comes to determining which water heater is right for your home, it is important to consider what source of power your home currently operates on. If your home only operates on electricity, it doesn’t make sense to purchase a gas water heater. That said, if your home has hookups for both gas and electricity, you have a decision to make.

Gas water heaters are more expensive to purchase and install. That said, they also have a slightly lower operating cost — meaning that as time progresses you can actually save money and reduce the burden of the initial cost.

While it might seem like the clear and obvious choice to purchase a gas water heater because of savings alone, there are some desirable qualities that electric water heaters have as well. For one, electric water heaters are cheaper — so it will be less of an investment. Second, because they operate with electricity rather than gas, they are safer. Gas water heaters operate using a pilot light, and if that light goes out, it could lead to a gas leak.

In short, there are certainly pros and cons to each type of water heater, but we would be happy to discuss them with you if you have any questions!


For Water Heater Installation in Columbus, Think Only Water Heaters

If you have a water heater that needs to be installed or are looking for advice before you purchase a water heater, we urge you to contact us at Only Water Heaters today. Our experienced team of Columbus water heater specialists would be happy to help you find and install the most efficient water heater for your home. We look forward to hearing from you!

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