Hello out there, Myrtle Beach friends! Cool Cat here just checking in with the info you need to know about water heaters. Did you know your choices for heating your water can have a big impact on your utility bill? It’s true! Just heating up water is the second largest expense on your monthly bill and accounts for as much as 18% of the cabbage you cash out to the utility company. When it comes time to replace your water heater, you want to choose wisely to keep costs down while keeping your water hot.
Gas Water Heaters
Depending on the area where you live, gas can often be cheaper than electric. This makes a gas water heater cheaper to operate over the life of the unit compared to electric. However, gas water heaters are more expensive to buy (not including installation) and will set you back $300-$600. And many gas water heaters need to pass an inspection by the utility provider, state or county after installation. While the average lifespan of any water heater is from eight to 15 years, gas water heaters tend to last longer into that lifespan compared to electric.
Electric Water Heaters
Depending on the cost of different types of utilities in your area, electric is often more expensive than gas. This means an electric water heater will cost more to operate over the life of the unit than a gas one will. A plus in the column for electric water heaters is they are cheaper to buy, costing an average of $250 to $500, not including installation cost. While the lifespan of water heaters is a general eight to 15 years, make sure to set aside money in your maintenance fund that plans on the minimum life span. Electric water heaters tend to have a lower lifespan than their gas counterparts.
Whether you go with gas or electric for your next water heater, there are a few things you should look for no matter which type you choose. Opt for a model with a heavy-duty layer of porcelain on the inside of the tank. This helps resist corrosion and prolongs the life of your water heater. Choose a model with brass valves. Brass is more durable than plastic and will hold up better through yearly draining and maintenance. Stick to models with a longer warranty. Warranties can be as little as three years or as long as 12 years. In general, the longer the warranty, the higher quality the water heater and the parts used to make it.
My friends, choosing a water heater might sound like a simple thing until the time comes and you’re comparing models and trying to make a decision. Both types of water heaters have their pluses and minuses. If you feel stumped when it’s time to replace your water heater, you can always count on the cats over at Carolina Cool to help you understand your options so you can choose what works best for you. That’s cooooool!