A hot shower can help you shake off the laziness and wake up for the day during cold winter months, but you will require a geyser for hot showers. While buying the best geyser, you will come across many options, but it will all boil down to one primary choice: should you buy a gas geyser or an electric one?
If you are currently in this situation and cannot decide which one will be the best for you, allow us to help you. In this article, we have included the details about the two with their advantages and disadvantages and a distinction to help you make an informed decision. So let’s dive right into it!
- 1 Gas geyser vs Electric geyser
- 2 What Is an Electric Geyser? Advantages and Disadvantages
- 3 What Are The Types Of Electrical Geyser?
- 4 What are the Advantages of an Electric Geyser?
- 5 What Are The Disadvantages of Electric Geysers
- 6 What Is A Gas Geyser? Advantages and Disadvantages
- 7 How does a gas geyser work?
- 8 What are the advantages of a gas geyser?
- 9 What are the Disadvantages of the Gas geyser?
- 10 FAQs
Gas geyser vs Electric geyser
To make the decision easier for you, we have added a distinction table between the two types. A detailed distinction has been given in the following sections.
|Electric Geyser||Gas Geyser|
|How does it heat water?||Using electricity||Using gas|
|Is it costly?||An electric geyser is a bit expensive||Cheaper than an electric geyser|
|How is the installation process?||Easy||difficult|
|Is it safe?||Completely safe||Has risks associated hence is unsafe.|
|How long does it last?||Long lifespan||Short lifespan|
|Which one is more durable?||More durable||Less durable|
|Is there a heat loss?||No heat loss||Heat loss|
|What are the available types?||Only storage||Only instant|
|How much space is required?||Can be wall-mounted; hence a small space||Needs a large space|
|Does it impact the environment negatively?||no||yes|
|How long does it take to heat up the water?||Takes comparatively more time||Takes comparatively less time.|
|Can it work without electricity?||no||yes|
What Is an Electric Geyser? Advantages and Disadvantages
An electric geyser, in plain words, is a water heater that heats your water by converting electrical energy to heat energy.
How does it work?
An electric geyser will have the fundamental elements of a copper coil, a cold water inlet, and a hot water outlet. When you turn on the geyser, the electric energy makes the copper coil in the geyser hot. Coldwater flows into the geyser, comes in contact with the hot copper coil, and turns warm, which is then let out of the hot water outlet.
What Are The Types Of Electrical Geyser?
There are mainly two types of electrical geyser based on the presence of a storage facility and the absence of it-
Type 1: Instant Geyser
Like all things instant, instant electric geysers provide you with hot water instantly! They have no storage capacity to hold the warm water but very fast. Unfortunately, they are not available in India, but servicing it might prove difficult if you get your hands on one.
Type 2: Storage Geyser
Storage Electric geysers are geysers with a storage tank; hence they can heat a huge quantity of water at once. These are the only type of electric geysers available in India.
What are the Advantages of an Electric Geyser?
The electric geyser is hugely popular! and the cause of its popularity can be attributed to these amazing advantages it comes with-
1. Easy installation, repairs and maintenance
Once you buy an electric geyser, you will breeze through its installation. After all, a dry place and an electric socket are all that it needs. What more? You won’t even need to worry about its Maintainance; a yearly check-up ( if you think it’s acting cranky) is all it will need, and in case you are wondering, repairing it is easy too!
2. Fuss-free handling and safe
Since it does not involve the handling of fire, electric geysers are easy to maintain and safe to use; also, manual handling is very minimum for it, unless you find switching on a switch hard.
3. Efficient working
Electric geysers are very smart when they work. They have no wastage of electrical energy and have significantly fewer working parts; hence, they consume low power, making them highly efficient.
As there are fewer parts to an electric geyser, and all of it is made to be heat safe electric geysers are durable and enjoy a long lifespan. When taken care of, an electric geyser can easily survive for upto five to seven years! It also does not require any manual help hence bringing down the risk of wear and tear from moving parts.
5. Environment friendly
While functioning, the electric geyser does not produce any harmful pollutants and thus is environmental friendly!
What Are The Disadvantages of Electric Geysers
The electric geyser though loaded with advantages, has some disadvantages they are-
1. Dependent on electricity
The electric geysers primary source of power is electricity, and hence it is entirely useless in situations where you do not have electricity available.
2. Slow heating
Compared to a gas geyser, the electric geyser is a bit slow; it will still be giving the finishing touches to your bath water while the gas heater would have it already served.
3. Risk of short circuits
Combine electricity and water, and you get the risk of short circuits. However, if you take proper care of it and eliminate all naked wires, you can overlook this disadvantage, but the risk remains and should be considered while buying an electric geyser.
Electric geysers are expensive and may pinch your pocket; a six-litre gas geyser can cost anywhere between 4000- 5000 rupees.
What Is A Gas Geyser? Advantages and Disadvantages
As the name suggests, a gas geyser is a water heating appliance that works on gas – LPG, to be specific.
How does a gas geyser work?
When you turn the tap on, the geyser detects a water flow and ignites a burner (powered by LPG) that heats up the heat exchanger. The cool water interacts with the heat exchanger and catches on its heat to flow out of the pipe as your piping hot bathwater.
What are the advantages of a gas geyser?
A gas geyser comes with the following advantages –
1. Fast heating with increased controls
A gas geyser will heat the water for you instantly, and with it, it also provides you with the benefit of being able to control the amount of heat supply hence controlling the temperature of the water.
2. Easy repairs
Due to their uncomplicated working mechanism, gas geysers are very easy to repair.
What are the Disadvantages of the Gas geyser?
The gas geyser comes with its share of disadvantages they are-
1. Limited Lifespan
A Gas geyser functions due to a gas burner and burners, and hence this keeps them at a disadvantage as burners can get damaged very easily.
Storage gas geysers are not available in India, and installing an instant gas geyser will not have this feature; hence you will not be able to store the warm water from the geyser and will have to use it immediately.
3. Tedious Installation and maintenance
The installation process of a gas geyser is complicated and very tedious. Gas geysers over time will be prone to building up of sediments which will have to be cleaned from time to time. Gas prices are also increasing day by day; hence, maintaining and keeping the gas geyser working can be expensive.
4. Huge Space requirements
A gas geyser will require a huge place to be installed; you will also have to look out for ventilation sources in the room where you install the gas geyser. This makes it an unviable option for small homes.
5. Safety issues
A gas geyser has been associated with many deaths in the past; hence, it is dangerous, and there is always a risk that’s present.
6. It’s not environmentally friendly.
A gey geyser, during its functioning, releases harmful gases which are bad for the environment.
Q1. What is the difference between an electric geyser’s heating rates and a gas geyser?
Most electric water heaters have a heating rate of 4kW which means to heat up one litre of water by 25 degrees; it will need thirty seconds, whereas, in the case of a gas geyser, the heating rate is 12 kW; hence it will take just 10 seconds to heat up one litre of water by 25 degrees.
Q2.Why should we always buy a gas water heater with the ISI mark?
The Bureau of Indian Standards has a specific set of safety and performance standards for the working of a gas geyser; they check the gas geysers, and only the ones that meet the criteria are given the ISI mark. Hence it would be best to always to buy a branded gas geyser with an ISI mark.
With this article, you now know the types of geysers, their advantages and disadvantages and the difference between the two. This will help you make an informed decision while choosing one for your house. When deciding on a water heater, it is always best to go for an electric one as it does not have any significant safety risks and has more benefits than a gas geyser.