Can You Switch the Fuel Source of Your Home Water Heater?

Here’s a hot fact: according to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating is the second largest expense in the average household, accounting for 14-18% of monthly utility bills. Keep that in mind next time you take an extra-long hot shower!

Can You Switch the Fuel Source of Your Home Water Heater

A water heater is an essential appliance in your home. Most tank water heaters use either natural gas or electricity to warm up water and hold it in the storage tank until it’s needed. If your unit is older and you’re looking to replace it with a new one, you may be wondering if you could change the type of water heater. The answer is yes, but there is a lot to consider. Allow

Replacing, not converting

It’s not as easy as removing one type of water heater (say electric) and installing a new gas unit in its place. Even though they both do the same thing (heat water), they have different plumbing hookups, electrically connections, venting requirements, and installation methods.

So that’s why we say you can’t convert systems, you have to completely replace one with another.

Switching from electric to gas

One of the biggest reasons that homeowners switch from an electric water heater to natural gas is to save on energy bills. In general, the monthly cost of gas is cheaper than electricity. Gas water heaters also can replenish hot water quicker, which could be useful if you have a large household.

However, switching to gas can be more expensive upfront, especially if a new gas line and venting system need to be installed.

Switching from gas to electric

While not as common, it is possible to switch from a gas water heater to an electric one. Since they have fewer internal parts, electric water heaters generally have a longer service life. They can also take up less space inside your home.

As for installation, the electrical system will likely need to be reconfigured to accommodate the new appliance. A professional will also need to turn off the gas line for the old gas water heater. Overall though, the upfront costs of installing an electric water heater are usually lower than gas.

Best water heater for your home

There are pros and cons to each type of water heater. If you live in the Amarillo, TX area need help deciding between an electric or gas system, call Pratt Plumbing for expert guidance. We can also provide a free estimate for installing a new water heater. Schedule an appointment by calling (806) 373-7866.

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