Gas-Powered Water Heaters Might Become Better Choice as Industry, Standards Evolve

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Gas-Powered Water Heaters Might Become Better Choice as Industry, Standards Evolve


Romero, Rosie, AZ Daily Star


Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call Rosie Romero's radio show with questions about everything from preventing fires in their chimneys to getting rid of tree roots invading their sewer system. His goal is to provide answers that suit the specific lifestyle wherever someone lives in Arizona.

Q: I live in a home that has electric heat and an electric water heater. But I found out that because I have a natural gas line for my stove I can put in a gas water heater. So which is better: a gas water heater or an electric water heater? I'm thinking of making the switch and I don't know what to do.

A: That's a tough question to answer. An electric water heater uses fewer BTUs than gas; on the other hand gas is generally cheaper to buy than electricity. However, there are new issues involved now. All new water heaters sold in the United States must now conform to higher energy standards, and some heating and air conditioning experts say a new gas-powered unit will become a better choice. So you might want to investigate further what's going on in the industry; it might be a good idea to make the change.

Q: My girlfriend has a sliding glass door on the back of her house that's always stuck. It seems as if it would take two men and a boy to open it up even a crack to let in some fresh air. What's wrong with it?

A: You need to get a friend or maybe your girlfriend to help you lift the glass door up and remove it from the track. It needs to have new wheels installed on the bottom of the slider. You can find these wheels for sale at most hardware stores. If you don't think you handle this job yourself, you should have a window repair company install the wheels.

Q: We seem to be having problems around the house with little flying bugs or gnats. …

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