Electric Hot Water Heaters

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      Avatar photoMasterPlumbers

        What are the advantages or disadvantages of a hot water heater over gas? How much more expensive are they to operate? What special wiring or installation is required? Different types?

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        Avatar photoSylvanLMP

          It all depends on your local utility costs per therm
          1- Gas can explode and the fumes can kill you

          2-Electric is clean energy BUt more expensive generally

          3- Electric heaters can be had in 110-440 Volts

          4- Gas can have various inputs as natural “gas” can have a low of 900 BTU’s per CU FT and a high of 1,200 BTU’s per cu ft. You have to contact your local supplier to find out your heating value. Also your height above sea level has a lot to do with gas heating Less oxygen less efficency.

          5- Electric heater require no venting

          6- In case of a black out you lose H/W not so with gas heaters.

          7- To find the actual cost to operate contact your local utility

          8-The “gas unit” requires more service as far as cleaning goes (flue and burners)

          9- Electric heaters require a dedicated circuit BUT a water heater can go off a 3/4″ branch line DEPENDING on developed lenth and BTU input.

          Both heaters depend on the watts/btu input for recovery rate

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