If we were to compile a list of all household appliances that we take for granted, the water heater would definitely be at the top for many of us. It’s one of those things that we don’t really appreciate until it stops working—and that too in the winter season!

When deciding to purchase a new water heater, the decision to choose between an electric (or “demand”) or a fuel-based can be difficult.

In this article, we go over the benefits of an electric water heater and why it makes for a far better choice than its traditional counterparts.

Installation and Design

Few would argue that the electric water heater has a superior design when compared with others. But it’s not simply meant to be aesthetically pleasing, electric heaters can be placed almost anywhere without relying on creating difficult routes for flues and airflow for proper combustion, both of which prove to be a major inconvenience. They also don’t require large amounts of space and can even be placed in cabinets and under counters due to their safety near combustible materials.

Fuel-based water heaters are heavily reliant on proper air and fuel ventilation systems. If a building has a poorly maintained air system, it can lead to an improper balance and create low pressure.

This decrease in pressure causes harmful gases to flow back into the water heater instead of being expelled outside which extinguishes the pilot’s light. Such instances result in an unreliable supply of hot water and a number of safety hazards.

Operating Costs

Electric heaters incur higher costs when compared with fuel oil, gas-fired or propane based water heaters. However, this ignores the cost-savings derived from the efficiency of electrical heaters that make them far cheaper to use in the long run.

These factors include installation and design, as well as maintenance, service, and space cost-savings that give it an overall advantage. In fact, electric water heaters can allow for energy savings ranging anywhere from 27–50%


Electric water heaters are far safer because they lack the risks that are associated with the combustion-based process in heating water. For example, flammable vapors (gasoline, cleaning fluids, and paint storages) are heavy and tend to stay the ground.


The draft effect of a heater’s pilot light can cause the vapor to be pulled toward it causing the gases to explode. Also, fuel-based water heaters can also become a source of gas leaks increasing the risk of fires, toxic gases emissions, and explosions.

Electric water heaters save further energy by heating water on demand rather than waste electricity in keeping it warm when not in use. Despite all the advantages, electric water heaters rely on routine maintenance to operate at maximum efficiency. Your1Plumber offer water heater repair and replacement in Germantown, MD ensuring that you have a continuous supply of hot water. Contact them today.