When we first moved into our home, many of the appliances and other necessary items were included and didn’t need to be replaced. Most of them kept up well throughout the years and only needed small repairs, but nothing major. This wasn’t true, however, for the natural gas water heater that we had. A few years back, we started to have problems with the pilot light that was on the water heater. It started to go out randomly and there wasn’t really a way for us to know that it had gone out without looking at the actual water heater.
It always seemed to go out at the most inconvenient times. On cold winter days when you need that nice warm shower to get you going for the day, right in the middle of doing the dishes (washing them in cold water is not fun). It came to the point that my husband would have to check it every two hours or so. He could get the pilot going again if it was out, and had to do it frequently. But there were times during the day that I would need to get it going again and he was stuck at work. So I finally had him teach me how to do get it back on again. It wasn’t fun or easy, but it was necessary. There were just too many cold showers happening and dishes that needed hot water to wash them that had only cold water available for the job.
We looked at replacing the water heater, but we just didn’t have the money at the time to do it. The final straw was when some of the other parts stopped working, we had already replaced the pilot light assembly to no avail. Luckily, we had been putting some money aside for emergencies-and this definitely was an emergency!
After talking to some of our friends, some supply houses, and getting advice from some local professionals, we had a decision to make. They told us if we didn’t want to have to put up with pilot assemblies, then the electric water heater would be the best option. The only difference is that our electric bill would go up. Since our bill was already high, we did some more research and we decided to get a high efficiency electric water heater. We looked around, got some quotes, and found the water heater that was right for us.
Once we purchased the unit, my husband got it installed in the evening so it would have time to fill up and heat the water. I woke up the next day to hot water for my shower and it continued throughout the day as I washed dishes and cleaned some bathrooms (the hot water was great for mopping the floors!). We have had it for a few years now and it has been great. The water keeps hot when we need it and we don’t have to worry about a pilot light going out on us at random times! I would recommend an electric water heater to anyone who is in need of a new one!