When we are getting our house built, we want to make sure that we pick the right contractor, the right materials, the right furniture etc. Each of these decisions is made after thoroughly considering a number of factors. The same principle follows when it comes to buying appliances and other essentials for the house, including the water heater. Hot water has become a necessity and buying the right water heater system is important or else you will end up with either the wrong choice according to your needs or seeing hot water system repairs in the near future.
When it comes to water heater systems, the most popular choice are electronic and gas water heaters. Both types have their strengths and drawbacks, so we have done a quick overview of both of them below.
Gas water heaters are considered to be more traditional, old-fashioned heaters since they require either natural gas or propane to function. They are large units so they require more space, which can be a drawback for people who are short of space. They have a large capacity and their recovery rate is the fastest, making them an ideal choice for big or growing families. Their lifespan is long but not as long as their electric counterpart. They are also very affordable.
Electric water heaters, like the name suggest require electricity to actually function which can be a drawback since they will not function in case of a power outage. Electric water heaters are smaller in size, so they are a more convenient choice for smaller spaces like apartments. However their recovery rate is relatively slow so they are not recommended for growing families. The hot water system repairs for this type of heater are not as expensive but their price upfront is more expensive.
Ultimately it is a matter of which water heater best suits your needs.