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What To Consider Before Installing A Gas Operated Water Heater

by Christopher Taylor

Many people don't think about purchasing a water heater until the one in use becomes inoperable. It is best to do a bit of shopping and a price comparison before the time comes. Most heaters can last from 10 to 15 years if it is properly maintained. With improved technology, if your water heater is over seven years old, you should consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Many things come into play when it comes to choosing a gas operated unit.

The Benefits of Getting a Gas Operated Water Heater

  • Can operate in a power outage
  • Fast recovery rate
  • Operation costs are lower than electric

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

Is the unit large enough to accommodate your household? You will want to know what the heater's first-hour rating (FHR) is before you decide on which unit you need to purchase. The FHR is the calculation of how much water can be delivered and is determined based on a specific amount of time. It isn't determined based on just the gallon capacity.

How much does it cost to operate? It is best to compare prices before you choose a gas operated water heater. Natural gas heaters usually cost about half of what electric heaters do, but gas water heaters usually are more expensive when you make the initial investment.

Are you interested in improving your family's carbon footprint? Natural gas is eco-friendly because it has lower greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxide emissions, sulfur dioxide, and has no mercy emissions. Electric units have higher emissions. Natural gas is also 90% efficient versus 27% with electric choices because of the lost energy in electric generation.

What Else To Consider Before Making The Switch

Even though money can be saved with gas usage, as a general comparison of energy costs; average gas cost is $30 versus $42 for electric customers. If your home doesn't have a gas line currently, you need to consider the additional cost involved. Installation of a new gas line is expensive. However, if you do have a gas line available, you should definitely consider switching.

To ensure you are receiving the best possible gas operated water heater, it is advised to do a bit of comparison shopping using some of these suggestions. A good 'peace of mind' is a plus when you know hot water is always available. Many options are available in today's market, but only one will be the best choice for you and your family.  Talk to a plumber, like Northstar Plumbing Windsor, for more help.


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Many people think that a plumber is there to be called to unclog toilets and drain pipes, but they don't understand that there are a number of other tasks that a plumber can do around the home. As the wife of a plumber, I know very well how much my husband does when he is out working. He comes home and tells me his fun stories about the superhero that was flushed down the toilet or the hot water heater that nearly exploded. My blog is filled with all sorts of tips, stories and information that can help you get a better idea of everything that a plumber can do for you.