08:03AM | 09/19/05
Member Since: 09/18/05
14 lifetime posts
Hi,I am glad to be here!

We live in Virginia and our water heater, stove and home heat is gas. We are fed up with the customer service from our gas company, they don't provide you with any solutions when there is a problem, therefore my husband and I have been thinking about converting to electric and we would like to start with our water heater. My question is, how do we do it?, do we go to a home improvements center and buy a new electric water heater and call an electrician to install it?, and what happens with the gas pipes?. We have a circuit panel.

Thank you very much for your answers.



09:38AM | 09/19/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** water heater, stove and home heat is gas. We are fed up with the customer service from our gas company **

For the stove you should be calling a major appliance service center, preferably one that does factory service for whatever brand it is (see the following link). For service on a water heater, you could call a plumber or some appliance service depots will service them too. You needn't deal with only the gas provider's service.

There is likely someone you can call for service on whatever type of heater you have too, besides the gas company them self.

- Home Appliance Service : Technician Pros and Cons


- Manufacturer Service Contact Information


** do we go to a home improvements center and buy a new electric water heater and call an electrician to install it?

A plumber would be needed to connect it to the water system, unless you're planning on doing it yourself. An electrician would be needed to connect it to the electrical service. Some plumbers are licenced to do electrical work too so you might want to look for one that does both.

BTW. Do you have a big enough electrical service already in place to allow for an extra circuit for a water heater? They don't usually just plug into a wall outlet.

** and what happens with the gas pipes? **

It will be capped off. That will either have to be done by a licenced gas technician or many plumbers are licensed to work on gas lines too.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site

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