Gas or Electric Water Heater: Which Is Better?

traditional or tankless water heater

Not all water heaters are equal. When looking for the right one for your needs, one of the factors you need to consider is the power source—electric or gas. A.M. Plumbing & Rooter, your trusted specialist in water heater repair in Carlsbad, CA, discusses their benefits and differences so you can weigh your options and make an informed decision.


An electric hot water heater is easier to operate than a gas water heater because you only have to plug it into a nearby electrical outlet then it’s ready to use. There is no need to ignite the gas burner.


While gas water heaters are cheaper to operate, they use more energy and discharge waste into the surroundings. On the other hand, an electric tankless water heater uses almost all its energy to warm up water, making it more energy-efficient.


Water heater installation is the same for both gas and electric units. However, switching from an electric water heater to a gas water heater can be challenging because the location of the gas lines needs to be changed, adding up to the cost and turnaround time of the project.

Maintenance Requirements

Although electric and gas water heaters require periodic maintenance, the latter requires more attention. It’s crucial to check the water tank and gas lines periodically to get ahead of leaks and other issues. This ensures your unit remains safe to use.

Environmental Issues

Electric water heaters are energy-efficient and can be operated through renewable energy sources, making them a greener option. In contrast, gas water heaters use natural gas, which can release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This makes them less environmentally friendly.

Electric and gas water heaters come with their own pros and cons, and we’re here to guide you through them when you turn to us for water heater services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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