Superior Electric Water Heater Installation, Maintenance, and Repair in Naperville, Illinois
A water heater is not usually something that you think about until you either need a new one or need to replace the one you already own. If your electric water heater is in need of repairs, or if you are interested in making the switch from gas to an electric water heater, give us a call at 815-630-1024 to learn more about your options and receive a customized quote today.
Understanding the Differences Between Electric Water Heaters and Traditional Gas-Fueled Water Heaters
You use your water heater for everything from washing dishes to doing laundry, and you certainly can’t overlook the value of having on-demand access to a nice hot shower when you want it. So, when it comes time to invest in a new one, you want to be able to make a very informed decision. The purchase of a such a critical appliance warrants careful consideration. Here’s what you should know about the differences between electric and gas water heaters:
Electric Water Heaters
- Are fueled by electricity, which costs more than gas
- Last for about 13 years
- Have an efficiency rating of 0.90
- Recover used hot water at a rate of about 14 gallons per hour
Gas Water Heaters
- Are fueled by gas, which is less expensive than electricity
- Lose heat through exhaust gases and tank walls, rendering them less efficient than electric models
- Last for about 13 years
- Have an efficiency rating of 0.60
- Recover used hot water at a rate of about 50 gallons per hour
This is an extremely basic overview, but you can see that each type has its pros and cons. Whether or not an electric water heater is right for you depends on a number of factors. Our water heater experts would be happy to help you navigate this decision so that you can feel confident that you’re making the right choice. To learn more about electric water heaters, contact us at 815-630-1024.
Electric Water Heater Prices
Electric water heater prices can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on your needs and which features you choose. The initial purchase will cost you about the same as you’ve come to expect from gas water heaters, but operating your electric water heater will be slightly more expensive over the life of the unit. You have to remember, however, that while electricity costs more than gas, this difference is often negated by the difference in efficiency from one fuel type to the other.
Electric Water Heater Troubleshooting
If your electric water heater is not performing the way it should, there’s no doubt that you want to restore your home’s hot water supply as quickly as possible. Electric water heater troubleshooting is not entirely complicated, but you have to know what you’re looking for in order to make the repairs.
Some of the problems that may come up over the life of the unit include:
- A leaking water heater
- Water is not getting as hot as it once did
- An inadequate supply of hot water
- Rust-colored water
- Strange sounds, such as whining, popping, or clunking
Solutions to these electric water heater problems range from resetting a tripped breaker to replacing the entire unit, and just anything between those two extremes. If you’ve tried to repair your water heater to no avail, give us a call to discuss your best course of action.
At Tritan Plumbing, we are proud to be your electric water heater experts. Whether it’s for your home or business, we are confident that we have a solution to meet your installation, maintenance, or repair needs. Call the Tritan Plumbing team at 815-630-1024 to get started today.