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Switching to an Electric Hot Water Heater

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What Are the Benefits?

Electric water heaters operate on a straightforward principle and aren't that much different from gas ones. When the water heater has a storage tank, the electric water heater will use a heating element powered by electricity to warm the water. With a gas water heater, the gas is the fuel by which the burner heats the water. Though not much different (unless you're opting for a tankless electric water heater over a conventional gas one with a storage tank), there are a few reasons many homeowners opt for an electric water heater over a gas one.

The top four reasons many homeowners are switching to electric include:

  • Safety: Electric water heaters don't produce any exhaust gases, reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Efficiency: Electric water heaters are generally more energy-efficient than gas models, which can result in lower operational costs.
  • Lifespan: The lifespan of electric water heaters is often longer than gas heaters, providing a better return on investment in the long run.
  • Electrification Rebates: California has many lucrative rebates and incentives for homeowners who move away from natural gas to electrification.

The advantages of transitioning to an electric water heater are magnified when choosing a tankless model. In addition to the benefits over gas models listed above, tankless electric water heaters provide hot water on demand, eliminating the energy waste associated with storing and continuously heating water in a tank. This instant heating capability further enhances efficiency, reducing water waste, thus leading to even more significant energy savings.

Moreover, the compact design of tankless models allows for easier installation and maintenance, adding to their overall convenience. Their extended lifespan, often surpassing that of traditional electric and gas models, further underscores this choice's long-term benefits and cost-effectiveness.

The Process of Switching from Gas to Electric

Switching from a gas to an electric water heater should be handled by a professional like Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar due to the complexities involved. The first step includes disconnecting and removing the old gas water heater. This step must be performed carefully to avoid any gas leaks.

Once the gas unit is safely dealt with, the new electric water heater can be installed. This might involve setting up a new electrical circuit, especially for houses not previously equipped with an electric water heater.

The entire process generally takes between four to six hours. Still, the exact time can vary depending on several factors, such as the ease of installation and the conditions of your home's wiring and plumbing systems.

How Much Does It Cost to Convert to an Electric Water Heater?

The cost of making the switch can vary greatly depending on the type (tank or tankless) and model of the electric water heater you choose and the amount of work involved. Because the cost can vary, you are encouraged to contact our team for an estimate specifically for your situation. Doing so can help you determine if making the switch is right for you.

We also encourage you to factor in the long-term cost benefits of making a switch like this. This can help you better understand whether the initial upfront cost will be made up in cost savings. For many homeowners, the increased lifespan, reduced maintenance, and reduced utility costs more than make up the difference.

Are you considering switching to an electric water heater in your San Jose home? Reach out to the team at Valley to learn more about this process and whether it is a good idea for your situation. Our professionals are always honest and always ready to help.