Your old, trusty water heater finally broken, and you are ready to shop for a new model. If you have enjoyed the benefits of a gas water heaters in the past, you might be interested in trying an electric model. Both gas and electric water heaters have their benefits. However, before you make a final decision, it's important to learn the reasons why you should consider purchasing an electric water heater.

Here are a few of the many advantages of an electric water heater.

The Convenience Factor

After your electric water heater is installed by a professional, it requires very little maintenance. As long as the unit remains plugged in and there is electricity running to your home, you can get hot water. The cost to run your electric hot water is minimal as well. A natural gas hot water heater requires a constant flow of natural gas to keep the pilot light on.

If you are going on vacation or want to cut your natural gas bill, you will need to access the gas hot water heater and turn off the natural gas supply. When you want to hot water again, you must turn the natural gas back on and relight the pilot light. If you don't feel comfortable performing this task, you will need to contact a professional each time you want to turn your gas water heater back on.

Electric Water Heaters Take Up Less Space

Like any other natural gas-powered appliance, a gas hot water heater must be properly ventilated. This includes making sure there is enough space between the unit and the walls, floor, and ceiling. If your space is limited or you want to install the water heater inside a closet, an electric model is the better option.

Option to Receive On-Demand Hot Water

Finally, if you are constantly running out of hot water, upgrading to tankless electric water heaters, or on-demand water heaters, is a great option. Tankless water heaters take up very little space, are cost-effective because they require less electricity to run, and you won't need to waste water waiting for it to heat up.

If you have a large family, a tankless electric water heater is a great option.

From the convenience of never having to worry about keeping the pilot light on to the option to have on-demand hot water, there are several advantages to choosing electric water heaters for your home.