Why Choose Electric?
Energy Efficiency: Electric heaters only use energy when they're heating water, which means they're not constantly running and wasting energy like traditional tank-style units.
Cost-Effective: Electric water heaters are typically less expensive to purchase and install than other types of water heaters, such as gas or propane.
Easy Installation: Electric water heaters are easy to install and don't require any special venting or gas lines, making them a popular choice for homeowners looking for a hassle-free installation process.
Safe and Reliable: Electric water heaters don't produce any harmful emissions or fumes, which makes them a safe and reliable choice for your home or business.
Thinking About Going Electric?
San Francisco has recently decided to go all-electric on all new construction projects. Many people are now wondering if they can also convert to all or some electricity.
Electric tanks are typically the most economical way up front to go electric. Costs are fairly close to the price of our gas tanks listed on our website. However, operating costs are quite high. Most 50-gallon electric tanks will cost around $600 or more a year to operate, which is about double the cost to operate a 50-gallon gas tank. They also have slow recovery rates, so most homes that have a 50-gallon gas tank, may want to consider a 65-gallon electric or a 50-gallon electric with booster option. This will ensure a reliable hot water supply.
Another tank option is a hybrid electric tank, sometimes called a heat pump electric tank. These will cost more upfront due to a few factors, however, a 50-gallon hybrid electric tank can cost as little as $100 a year to operate. These units are about two to three times the cost of a standard electric tank. They require minor water re-piping as the water supply inlet and outlet are on the side. They also require a PVC condensate line to be run outside to a drain or to a wash basin.
Lastly, they can be noisy, they do have a heat pump mounted to the top, which creates vibrations and a fan noise. This may be an issue if the tank is mounted near a bedroom or office. If mounted near an exterior wall, ducting can be run to the outside to help reduce the noise. Ductwork is required if the room size is less than 700 cubic feet. Most installations are $4,500 and up, depending on many factors, such as tank size and location.
We do also offer heat pump-only models, which consist of $6,500 dollars and up.
When considering going electric tank, hybrid, or heat pump, panel siz4e is important. Most homes will need a 150- to 200-amp panel. They will also need enough space to add dual 30-amp breakers. Costs to add a circuit can start as low as $500 and go up depending on access and distance of an electrical run.
Electric tankless units have gained popularity for years, especially in Europe. The most common question we get is, "Can we replace their gas tank water heater with one electric tankless that can power my entire home." The short answer is yes.
The long answer is that it will typically mean that you will need a new main electrical panel. A 36-kilowatt tankless unit will require four, 40-amp breakers. It will draw a maximum of 150 amps, this means that in most cases, a 200-amp panel will not cut it. A 300- or 400-amp panel will be needed. Panel upgrades can cost $8,000 and up.
We have seen handymen and other unlicensed contractors install these units without proper electrical requirements with less than stellar results. Inconsistent hot water, lights flickering, and error codes are some of the few complaints that we see.
In new construction or heavy remodels, these units can be installed at each hot water source in the home to supply endless hot water reliably and quickly. This can be expensive and is usually not an option unless we have full access to water lines.