Making the Choice between a Tank and a Tankless Water Heater

Moving into a new home? Finally getting rid of that old, worn out storage tank water heater? You’ve got some decisions to make. Water heaters come in many different shapes and sizes, and no one unit is the right fit for every home. A technician can help you make important decisions about tank sizes, placement, and more, but first you’ll have to determine whether a tankless unit or a conventional storage tank is the better option for your home.

Why Go with a Tankless Water Heater

Tank water heaters may still be the most popular systems sold today, but they have one major flaw: standby energy loss. The water heater must remain running the entire day so that hot water is available as soon as you need it. You pay to heat up water all day long, even though you only need it when you shower, do dishes or laundry, or wash your hands.

Tankless water heaters only turn on right when you need hot water, and then they shut off right after you finish with the faucet. Tankless water heaters are very small, leaving storage space in your closet, basement, or whatever room your tank water heater occupies. And they will never run out of hot water, while a tank water heater can only store a limited amount.

Why a Storage Tank Water Heater Is Still a Great Choice for Many

However, tank water heaters remain popular for a reason. They are less expensive to install in most homes. Appropriately sized, it’s rare that a tank water heater runs out of hot water when you need it. And tankless water heaters often have trouble with consistency and with delivering hot water right when you need it. While tankless units may take a while to heat up the water, a tank unit has the hot water ready and waiting. Consult with a technician to help you make the best decision for your home!

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