Residential Electric Water Heater Pros
Electric water heaters come in a variety of sizes including: tall, medium and short heights. Whether you need a 20 gallon, 30 gallon, 40 gallon or 50 gallon electric water heater, you can find each in a tall medium or short model. This is very convenient when your water heater is tucked under a stairway, under a counter or in another tight fitting location within the home. Point of use electric water heaters are a great option for studios, guest areas and smaller living spaces where a unit can easily be installed if there is a water connection, then they can be plugged into an nearby outlet in a wall. These types of units come in quite handy when you only need a small amount of hot water a few times throughout the day and you do not want to heat an entire tank of water continually.
Electric water heaters do not have a venting system and can hold there heat longer than natural gas water heaters that have baffles and venting where heat can more easily escape.
Most Electric water heaters start with a efficiency rating of .85 or above. This means they are energy efficient and store the heat inside the tank very efficiently.
Residential Electric Water Heater Cons
While electric water heaters have high efficiency ratings, due to the cost of electricity, they are more expensive to operate than natural gas water heaters. They cost anywhere from 20%-50% more to operate that a gas water heater depending on the current energy prices and the current prices for natural gas.
Electric water heater have a slower recovery rate than gas water heaters, not matter what the size the recovery generals stays about the same. This can lead to problems of running out of hot water and having to wait quit dome time for the water heater to re-heat. We have had customers that will move into a new residence and call stating they have a water heater problem. Often they complain of running out of hot water. We will run a through diagnosis, including a tub test on the existing water heater to find there are no problems with the unit. In most cases we find out during the conversation the customer, they recently moved into the residence and used to have a gas water heater at there previous home.
When it is time to replace your water heater, as a “rule of thumb” we typically recommend replacing the unit with a “like for like”. This mean the same type, gallon and BTU’S if for some reason you want more hot water, you can always see if an upgrade is possible. However if you are building a new home and have the opportunity to select and size what ever water heater you want, do a bit of research and planning to make sure you choose the best type and style unit for your lifestyle.
If you have questions or would like additional information contact us to speak with a water heater expert 24 hours a day (602) 253-8010 you can also read more about electric water heaters and look up specs for the different manufacturers models at our main website site www.waterheatersonly.com.