Electric Vs. Gas Water Heater

Sep 8, 2019

Which Option is Best for Your Winnipeg Home?

If you are on the market for a new gas or electric water heater in Winnipeg, but not sure which system is right for you, it’s wise to consider the pros and cons of each system. Understanding how both units may or may not work for your needs can help you better decide which options can accommodate the conveniences you and your family are looking for.

Below, you will find the advantages and disadvantages of both types of systems to ensure you make an informed decision and invest your money wisely.

Advantages of Electric Water Heaters

  • They are easy to install and can be installed almost anywhere in the home, as they require no ventilation.
  • Electric water heaters do not operate on fuel, which makes them highly efficient systems.
  • They can effectively maintain their temperature.
  • They are easier to manage compared to a gas water heater.
  • An electric water heater does not burn fuel, so it produces less emissions.
  • An electric water heater can have a longer life expectancy than a gas heater.

Disadvantages of Electric Water Heaters

  • They can have a slower flow rate than a gas water heater.
  • If you do not have electricity, you cannot operate this type of water heater.
  • With an electric system, though rare, you are at risk of a short circuit or blown fuse which can happen with any electrical system.
  • An electric water heater can only hold so much water, which means you can run out unexpectedly.
  • They can take time to warm up the water.
  • They are continually working to keep the water hot, which means the equipment is constantly consuming energy.

Advantages of Gas Water Heaters

  • You do not require electricity to operate a gas water heater.
  • They are easier to repair than an electric water heater.
  • You benefit from lower operating costs.
  • You have access to a continuous supply of hot water.
  • A gas water heater offers more accurate temperatures and is able to heat the water at a faster pace.
  • They use less energy to heat the water compared to an electric water heater.

Disadvantages of Gas Water Heaters

  • They can be bulky and take up more space than an electric water heater.
  • They cost more upfront and can be more expensive to maintain.
  • They involve a more complex and costly installation process, especially if the home has multiple bathrooms.
  • They have a lower life span compared to an electric water heater.
  • You require access to propane or natural gas in order to install a gas water heater.
  • Most gas water heaters rely on electric ignitions rather than pilot lights, so if the power goes out, you will not have hot water.
  • A natural gas line leak in the home can be extremely dangerous.

To learn more about gas heaters, electric water heaters or even tankless varieties,  please contact our team at Provincial Heating & Cooling.


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