You’ve heard of the battle of the sexes, the clash of the titans and, if you’re old enough, even Spy vs. Spy.

Well, there’s another longstanding rivalry that constantly plays itself: “gas vs. electric water heaters.”  Not terribly enticing, we admit, unless you’re about to replace your current water heater.

Why might you choose electric over gas? Let’s have a look:

  1. Lower installation cost.  If you’re thinking about switching to gas, chances are your home isn’t equipped with a flue to vent the exhaust.  That involves an extra cost to both purchase a flue and cut holes to vent it outdoors. Electric water heaters don’t require exhaust vents.
  2. Electric water heaters can be installed anywhere.  Gas water heaters require up to 18” on all sides to allow for adequate venting. By contrast, an electric water heater can be installed pretty much anywhere, including a closet or even a crawlspace.  Some units are small enough to fit under your kitchen sink.
  3. Added safety. With gas, there’s always the risk of a gas leak and explosion, however remote those risks might be.  Electric water heaters pose their own safety risk, as defective wiring could result in electric shock or execution. Which means there are risks on both sides, but the risk of electric shock or electrocution is far smaller.
  4. Longer lifespan.  Electric water heaters have fewer working parts and generate less heat, meaning they’re subject to less and wear and tear and can last several years long than gas units.
  5. Lack of a gas connection. If your street doesn’t have a gas connection you can connect to, the decision to choose an electric water heater just made itself.


Gas vs. electric water heater: in most cases, it can a difficult choice. If it’s one you’re trying to make now but still have questions, contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air today to help clarify your options so you can choose what’s best for your home and budget.