How easy is to to switch from a gas water heater to an electric water heater?

Sean 10/08/2018. 12 answers
Home & Garden Maintenance & Repairs

How easy is it to switch from a gas water heater to an electric water heater?

What are the pros/cons of each?

12 Answers


y 10/11/2018 at 00:11.

The most difficult part is running the electric power line to where it is needed, may actually be easy. All depends on your set up. Tanks are fairly easy to switch out and such.


Aussie Devil 10/10/2018 at 08:11.

easy you just need a electrician to install a new circuit


Edwena 10/09/2018 at 08:11.

You will have to run a cable from the circuit breaker box to the location of the electric hot water heater. 240 volt, xx amp, Go to somebody's house and look at how it is wired. You can find the material at Lowes, but you will have to have the tools and skill. Of course, you can justify buying really good tools to do the job, if you do the job yourself The cost of hot water will go up compared to gas.


Anonymous 10/09/2018 at 08:11.

I needed a certified gas fitter to disconnect and cap my gas line and an electrician to run a new wire dedicated for the hot water heater. Electric hot water is okay I guess. When the tank needs replacing I can do the rewiring myself as everything is laid out. The dryer line was not touched.. It is a separate breaker.


STEVEN F 10/09/2018 at 08:11.

The physical plumbing for the water would be identical.

The gas line would have to be capped, but anyone qualified to service the gas can do that in a few minutes.

The only thing that MAY be an issue is if you don't have a dedicated 240 volt circuit for the electric heater, but that can be added.

As for advantages, a gas heater usually costs less to operate, but an electric heater can't develop a gas leak.


Anonymous 10/08/2018.

Call a professional plumber/HVAC technician. Installation is NOT for beginners.


Spock (rhp) 10/08/2018.

you have to run a new, dedicated 220v power circuit for the electric water heater. that requires space in the breaker box, new breaker of proper size, available amperage in the breaker box, running the proper size cable, installing a cut off [in a box] at the water heater [so future repairmen can be certain they have the power off -- and it's required by the building code]. And, probably, some plumbing work on the incoming cold water line, overflow line, and the outgoing hot water line.

you also have to safely cap the gas line.


DR + Mrs Bears face 10/08/2018.

Hi here in the united kingdom the gas water heater is a lot less expensive way to heat water than electricity.


Anonymous 10/08/2018.

Yes. Far easier than the other way about.

If you are doing anything more than a local sink point, you will need a dedicated 30 amp supply from your distribution board.

Bear in mind that gas is still about 40% less than electric. Showers tend to be cost effective because of the small amount of water used and the fact that it is heated at the point of use, but filling a bath is going to be more expensive. You should look at instantaneous systems - ones that store heated water lose are expensive options.

The advantage is that you could get some of your electric from renewable, albeit at higher capital cost.


Anonymous 10/08/2018.

Do you have electricity?

Do you have an outlet?


Snezzy 10/10/2018 at 18:11.

Once again, this is a question that indicates the need for professional work. "If you have to ask on Yahoo Answers, then your do-it-yourself work is almost certain to contain blunders." The result of water-heater blunders can be anything from annoying leaks to catastrophe. If your house is destroyed by a gas explosion or an electrical fire, regardless of whether it was caused by your (obviously do-it-yourself) water heater installation, then your homeowners insurance might not cover the damage. When I do work on my home I follow the recommended US National Electrical Code from the NFPA. My wiring is indistinguishable from the work of professional electricians. I avoid doing anything at all with gas.

Get detailed, written quotes from three licensed professionals, each of whom has proper understanding of gas, electricity and plumbing. If a plumber cannot give a written quote but instead waves his hands about and spouts numbers, go with someone else.


Egbert 10/08/2018.

Bear in mind that electricity is significantly dearer than gas. You would need a dedicated circuit installed and there is the cost of a new appliance. Gas heating has improved in efficiency over the past years. So it may be wise to look at high efficiency gas water heaters.


HighResolutionMusic.com - Download Hi-Res Songs

1 Alan Walker

Diamond Heart flac

Alan Walker. 2018. Writer: Alan Walker;Sophia Somajo;Mood Melodies;James Njie;Thomas Troelsen;Kristoffer Haugan;Edvard Normann;Anders Froen;Gunnar Greve;Yann Bargain;Victor Verpillat;Fredrik Borch Olsen.
2 Sia

I'm Still Here flac

Sia. 2018. Writer: Sia.
3 Cardi B

Taki Taki flac

Cardi B. 2018. Writer: Bava;Juan Vasquez;Vicente Saavedra;Jordan Thorpe;DJ Snake;Ozuna;Cardi B;Selena Gomez.
4 Little Mix

Woman Like Me flac

Little Mix. 2018. Writer: Nicki Minaj;Steve Mac;Ed Sheeran;Jess Glynne.
5 Halsey

Without Me flac

Halsey. 2018. Writer: Halsey;Delacey;Louis Bell;Amy Allen;Justin Timberlake;Timbaland;Scott Storch.
6 Lady Gaga

I'll Never Love Again flac

Lady Gaga. 2018. Writer: Benjamin Rice;Lady Gaga.
7 Bradley Cooper

Shallow flac

Bradley Cooper. 2018. Writer: Andrew Wyatt;Anthony Rossomando;Mark Ronson;Lady Gaga.
8 Bradley Cooper

Always Remember Us This Way flac

Bradley Cooper. 2018. Writer: Lady Gaga;Dave Cobb.
9 Kelsea Ballerini

This Feeling flac

Kelsea Ballerini. 2018. Writer: Andrew Taggart;Alex Pall;Emily Warren.
10 Mako

Rise flac

Mako. 2018. Writer: Riot Music Team;Mako;Justin Tranter.
11 Dewain Whitmore

Burn Out flac

Dewain Whitmore. 2018. Writer: Dewain Whitmore;Ilsey Juber;Emilio Behr;Martijn Garritsen.
12 Avril Lavigne

Head Above Water flac

Avril Lavigne. 2018. Writer: Stephan Moccio;Travis Clark;Avril Lavigne.
13 Khalid

Better flac

Khalid. 2018. Writer: Charlie Handsome;Jamil Chammas;Denis Kosiak;Tor Erik Hermansen;Mikkel Stoleer Eriksen;Khalid.
14 Lady Gaga

Look What I Found flac

Lady Gaga. 2018. Writer: DJ White Shadow;Nick Monson;Mark Nilan Jr;Lady Gaga.
15 Deep Chills

Run Free flac

Deep Chills. 2018.
16 Dynoro

In My Mind flac

Dynoro. 2018. Writer: Georgi Kay;Feenixpawl;Ivan Gough.
17 Charli XCX

1999 flac

Charli XCX. 2018. Writer: Charli XCX;Troye Sivan;Leland;Oscar Holter;Noonie Bao.
18 NCT 127

Regular (English Version) flac

NCT 127. 2018.
19 Lukas Graham

Love Someone flac

Lukas Graham. 2018. Writer: Don Stefano;Morten "Rissi" Ristorp;Morten "Pilo" Pilegaard;Jaramye Daniels;James Alan;David LaBrel;Lukas Forchhammer Graham.
20 Rita Ora

Let You Love Me flac

Rita Ora. 2018. Writer: Rita Ora.

Language

Categories