Tankless Water Heaters vs. Traditional Water Heaters
Posted on December 28th, 2017
Tankless water heaters have grabbed attention in recent years due to the money they can save you through their high efficiency. Despite this positive news, there are still some good points about traditional hot water tanks. That’s why a detailed look at each is warranted before deciding which is better for your particular circumstances.
Best Features of Tankless Heaters
*No Serious Leakage
How Tankless Heaters Save Money
Tankless heaters are more efficient because there’s no stored water that requires additional heating with extra dollars spent in the process. This advantage will narrow with heavy usage, though. As the list above also shows, tankless heaters save money by breaking down less often along with a longer lifespan before replacement is required. Our experts can help you calculate your likely savings.
More Tankless Advantages
Tankless water heaters take up much less room than a standard water tank so there’s plenty of placement options throughout the home. They do need to be within 50 feet of a power source, though. Finally, without a tank, there’s no risk of massive leaks that can damage a lot of woodwork.
Best Features of Traditional Tank Heaters
*Low Initial Cost
*Hot Water Reserve
*No Scalding Risk
*Emergency Water Supply
Saving Money With Tank-based Systems
The purchase price of a tank unit can be as little as one-quarter of what tankless heaters cost. This savings is compounded by the fact that the water and power supplies are already geared towards accommodating a tank system. Electric tankless heaters sometimes need modification of the home’s wiring while gas models need a bigger flue.
The Emergency Advantages
It might not happen often, but if power is cut off, a tank system still has hot water in reserve that’ll stay warm for hours. Under more extreme circumstances when the water supply is disrupted, the tank can serve as a source of potable water. Also, with a built-in thermostat, a tank system is less likely to get excessively hot.
No Simple Solution
Whether a traditional tank or a tankless water heater will work better in your home depends on lots of considerations including the choice of gas or electric power. Our professionals at Plumbing and A/C Medic can look at your individual situation and come up with the right solution. Just call us at (602) 649-6435 anytime.