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Traditional Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Posted on January 5th, 2017

Is your water heater more than ten years old? It might be time for an upgrade — water heaters typically have a life expectancy of about 8-12 years. If you are starting your search for a new water heater this year, you will need to decide between a tankless or traditional water heater unit.

How do you know which one is right for your home and family needs? Learn more about the key differences below.

Traditional Water Heater:

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    You will need to have a storage tank located in your basement, laundry room or other space where the hot water will be stored.

  • You will have instant hot water in your home, as it is readily available in your storage tank. However, since storage is limited, you can run out of hot water if your storage tank is not big enough for your family’s demand.

  • Traditional water heaters have a lower initial cost, meaning that they are an affordable upgrade for families on a budget.

Tankless Water Heater:

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    They are long lasting. Tankless water heaters last more than 20 years — about twice the lifespan of a traditional water heater.

  • There is no storage tank, so they take up less space.

  • Tankless water heaters have a higher upfront cost.

  • They provide endless hot water to your home and are capable of meeting any demand need. Never run out of hot water again!

  • They save energy and, in turn, money. Since you aren’t spending energy keeping a storage tank full of hot water, you will save on your utility bills in the long run.

If you are looking to install a new water heater in your home, or you run into any problems with yours, do not hesitate to reach out to our office. Our professional plumbing technicians here at Plumbing & A/C Medic are here to help you with all of your plumbing needs!

Contact our office by giving us a call at (602) 649-6435.

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