The gas water heater is getting popular lately due to their impressive convenience. However, it is not advisable to buy a unit without understanding the system first. While these models have plenty of advantages, they also have some disadvantages. Make sure you are okay with all of those before you decide to buy this type of system.
Although some other gas water heater models still partially rely on electricity, most gas water heaters are purely reliant on gas. Hence, they can still operate normally even during a power outage. Another convenience is that this technology tends to heat up water more quickly than electric units. This is highly beneficial for all the times you are in a hurry and need a warm shower.
Maintenance is simple and easy. The unit just needs regular flushing to prevent sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. Sometimes you may need to clean the vents as well to prevent gas sediment buildup. It is also important to check the gas line regularly to prevent gas leaks.
There are plenty of different gas water heater models on the market. The two main types are storage-tank systems and tankless water heaters. Within each type, there is a range of choices with different capacities and energy efficiency ratings. You can also choose between different brands, from affordable to premium.
The initial cost might be higher than for electric water heaters. Furthermore, gas storage water heaters may suffer from energy loss due to the exhaust and tank. Even so, this type of water heater is still a more cost-effective option than other models. Operational costs are relatively low, especially if you use natural gas instead of LPG.
Buying and installing a gas water heater will cost you $1,200 to $2,700. But in the long run, you will need to spend only $30 per month to operate it. Higher-efficiency models are available as well, which could be even more cost-effective.
One potential risk to anticipate is carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas is odorless yet can be very harmful. People suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning may experience dizziness, stomach aches, confusion, or even hallucination. In severe cases, the poisoning may even lead to death. However, you can easily prevent this tragedy by installing a carbon monoxide detector in your house and having your gas lines regularly inspected.
Malfunctioning gas water heaters can even lead to explosions. However, these cases are very rare and very unlikely to happen if you properly maintain the unit regularly. There will also be clear signs before it happens, so you can take action as soon as you see any of the signs to prevent the incident.
If you decide to have a gas water heater in your house, make sure to hire only professional technicians with proper licenses to perform the installation. Otherwise, you might end up with poorly installed units, which may lead to various disadvantages in the future such as low performance, inefficiency, and a reduced lifespan.
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