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Every home needs a good, properly working hot water heater. They warm up the water used indoors, making it possible to take a hot shower, wash dishes, and perform other household tasks.

However, many people only pay attention to their water heater once it stops working well or gives out altogether, leaving them with cold water.

The best thing you can do is to be proactive and replace the appliance before it stops working. When you’re ready, take the time to discover whether a gas water heater or an electric one is right for you.

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Gas Vs. Electric Water Heater

When it comes to water heater installation, there are two main types of systems available: gas and electric. The type of water heater you need depends on the climate where you live, the size of your home, and budget.

Gas water heaters require a venting system to be installed in order to safely vent the combustion gases generated by burning natural gas or propane fuel. An electric water heater, on the other hand, does not require a venting system and can be installed in any location.

Gas water heaters tend to be more energy efficient than electric models because they use the heat generated by burning fuel to heat the water. Electric water heaters, on the other hand, rely solely on electricity to create heat and are therefore not as efficient. Gas models also tend to have a longer life expectancy than electric models.

When it comes to installation, gas water heaters typically require more work and cost more because of the additional venting system required. Electric water heaters, on the other hand, are simpler to install and less expensive upfront.

When deciding between a gas and an electric water heater, consider your climate, size of home, and budget. For many homeowners, a gas water heater is the more energy efficient and cost-effective option. However, if you live in a mild climate or have a small home, an electric water heater may be the better choice.


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How Long Does a Gas Water Heater Last?

Gas water heaters typically have a longer life expectancy than electric models, with an average lifespan of 8-12 years, depending on usage and maintenance.

Properly maintained gas water heaters should last even longer, up to 15 years or more.

Regular maintenance and annual inspections are necessary to ensure your gas water heater is functioning properly and to help extend its lifespan. Regular flushing of the tank is also recommended to help remove sediment build-up, which can reduce the efficiency of your water heater.

Gas Water Heater Installation Cost

The purchase price of a gas water heater is often more than that of an electric water heater of similar capacity. Still, gas water heaters may have lower operating expenses over time.

The size, efficiency, and quality of your water heater all play a role in the final price tag. More money spent usually means more outstanding performance. However, the initial investment for a gas water heater would be more than that of an electric water heater of the same size.

The initial investment for a tankless device is more than that of a conventional water heater. It may be twice as expensive, depending on the unit and the extent of the necessary house modifications. Expertise is needed, and the installation might take up to 10 hours.

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Is Your Gas Water Heater Malfunctioning?

Are you having problems with your gas water heater? At Water Heater Wiz, we can diagnose, repair, or replace your water heater. Here are some common problems that gas water heaters have: 

Discolored Water

Discolored water might be an indication of a faulty water heater. It might have bits of sand or rust, for instance. Once your water supply has been tainted, it will need to be replaced quickly.

Obvious Damage

If there is corrosion or cracking on your water heater, it may be time to fix or replace it. Repair by a professional is possible, but if your water heater is more than a few years old, it's probably time to get a new one.

A water heater that is 20 years old, for instance, is beyond its useful life and should be replaced even if repairs are feasible.

Water Temperature Shift

The water temperature may fluctuate as another sign of a faulty water heater. Problems with the gas burner, the electric coil, or sediment accumulation in the tank might render your water heater ineffective.

It may be time to replace your unit if you are having trouble getting the water to the desired temperature or if it fluctuates randomly.


Your water heater must be replaced if it is leaking. Leaks often occur due to an increase in pressure within the tank. If you have this symptom, the pressure or temperature may be too high, or there's something wrong with the relief valve. But if there are leaks, you know it's time to get a new one.

Troubling Noises

Sounds your water heater hasn't been making before might be a warning that it's about to break down. If you hear popping or cracking, it may be because the sediment at the bottom of your tank has solidified. If your water heater has to work harder to heat the same volume of water, you should expect a rise in your utility costs.

Get a skilled plumber to empty your tank yearly to avoid sediment accumulation. If, however, the sediment has already solidified, a repair could be necessary to prevent further damage, such as fractures and leaks.

Still Not Sure About Your Gas Water Heater?

If you’re still uncertain whether your gas water heater is doing fine or might need to be replaced, Water Heater Wiz can help. Click here to schedule your Water Heater Wiz Tankless water heater services estimate. A customer service representative will contact you right away!
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