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  • Writer's pictureSTEVEN BERTUCCI

Electric Vs. Gas & Tankless Vs. Tank: Which Water Heater is Right for Your Home?

Looking for a new water heater can be overwhelming. At Bertucci Bros, we are here to assist

you in choosing between an electric water heater and a gas water heater, as well as between tank and tankless options. Here’s a simple guide to help you make the best choice.

Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters

Electric Water Heaters

  • Energy Efficiency: Converts nearly all the electricity into heat, making them highly efficient.

  • Cost: More predictable operating costs due to stable electricity rates.

  • Installation: Easier and cheaper to install as they don't require a gas line or venting system.

  • Maintenance: Lower maintenance costs with fewer parts that can wear out.

  • Performance: Electric water heaters typically take longer to heat water compared to gas models, which can be a disadvantage if you have high hot water demands.

Gas Water Heaters

  • Energy Efficiency: Modern models are efficient but lose some heat through venting.

  • Cost: Often cheaper to run where natural gas is available.

  • Installation: More complex and expensive due to the need for gas lines and ventilation.

  • Maintenance: Requires regular inspections for safety and efficiency.

  • Performance: Heats water faster than electric models, ideal for high-demand households.

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Tank Water Heaters (Gas and Electric)

  • Energy Efficiency: Less efficient as they maintain a reservoir of hot water, resulting in standby heat loss.

  • Cost: Generally less expensive upfront but higher operating costs due to constant heating.

  • Installation: Easier and less expensive to install than tankless systems.

  • Maintenance: Requires regular maintenance to prevent sediment build-up in the tank.

  • Performance: Can run out of hot water during high demand, requiring time to reheat.

Tankless Water Heaters (Gas and Electric)

  • Energy Efficiency: More efficient as they heat water on demand, eliminating standby heat loss.

  • Cost: Higher upfront cost but lower operating costs due to energy savings.

  • Installation: More complex and expensive to install, especially if upgrading from a tank system.

  • Maintenance: Requires regular maintenance to prevent scaling and ensure efficient operation.

  • Performance: Provides continuous hot water on demand, never running out.

Bertucci Bros Plumbing: Your Water Heater Experts

At Bertucci Bros Plumbing, we specialize in both electric and gas water heater installations, as well as tank and tankless systems. Our expert technicians can help you choose the best option for your home’s needs and budget. Contact us today at (504) 559-PIPE or fill out the form below.


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