Something that every homeowner must face is the need to replace their water heater unit. Exactly how long your water heater will last largely depends on the water quality where you live and how much use it gets, but unfortunately, no water heater lasts forever.
Tankless Vs. Conventional Water Heaters
If your hot water heater is aging and not performing as well as it once was, your replacement choices fall into two broad categories: conventional tank models or tankless water heaters. There is a lot of disagreement about which type of water heater is the best choice and you’ll need to decide for yourself about whether to get a tank or tankless heater based on your own needs.
Long Term vs. Short Term Benefits
You’ll have to weigh the short term cost against the savings you could see over the long term. If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, then you might want to choose a traditional water heater, although it should be kept in mind that a tankless water heater is a feature which could make it easier to sell your home. However, if you’re not planning to move anytime soon, then you’re most likely better off paying more upfront for a tankless heater in order to enjoy long term savings on your utility bills.
The most important difference between conventional hot water heaters and tankless heaters is that tankless models use less energy. Unlike a traditional hot water tank which uses energy almost constantly to keep the water in the tank at a stable temperature, a tankless heater heats water only when it is needed.
How Much Will Your Unit Be Used?
The number of people in your household will also affect your decision. A tankless heater is best for small households (one to three people). For larger families, a tankless water heater might not be able to keep up with demand, unless you’re comfortable setting a schedule for showers, laundry, and dish washing. By contrast, if you choose a traditional hot water heater with a tank, you can choose a size which can accommodate your household’s water usage.
If your hot water heater continues to act up, you might want to start thinking about what kind of water heater would make the best replacement for your home before you’re forced to make a snap decision out of necessity.
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