One of the first decisions you’ll have to make in buying water heaters in Portland is what fuel source you’re appliance is going to use.

Technically, there are four options for water heating fuel sources: gas, electric, oil, and propane. Oil heating is significantly more expensive, and it has been declining in popularity for many years – unless you live in an older home with oil heating already set up, you’ll probably want to consider one of the other options to give you access to the most advanced models on the current market. Propane is just an alternative to natural gas: people who want gas heating but don’t have direct access to a natural gas line can safely and efficiently substitute a propane tank with more or less the same effect.

So really, the choice is between natural gas and electric water heating – and it’s not a simple one. You’ll want to talk to a professional plumber about your specific situation before choosing. Only a skilled local expert can tell you what hook-ups are most immediately available, what people in your area are finding success with, and which fuel source better suits your lifestyle.

Here are some of the basics for comparing gas and electric water heating. Keep in mind that every home is different, so you’ll want a recommendation from someone familiar with your particular setup.

Pros & Cons: Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters

Most of the difference between gas and electric water heaters comes down to the installation.

Gas water heaters are more difficult to install – they are typically larger and require more extensive ventilation to prevent combustion byproducts from entering your home.

However, electrical water heaters are typically less efficient in the long run. You may find your gas water heater costs more to install but has a shorter payback period and larger monthly savings.

  • Advantages of Gas Water Heaters include cheaper fuel, higher performance rates, more advanced water heating technology, and more available rebates.
  • Advantages of Electric Water Heaters include cheaper installation, simpler function, safer operation (no carbon monoxide risk), and longer lifespans.

The choice is yours to make – but be sure you make it with the help of a pro. Call your local water heater specialists at 3 Mountains Plumbing for a consultation today!

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