When choosing a water heater, buyers may choose to opt for either a traditional or tankless water heater. Both of these different types of water heaters have their individual benefits and tradeoffs. To help people make an informed decision, we have created a short buyer’s guide to help you understand their differences.
Traditional Tank Heaters
A traditional gas or electric powered water heater stores and heats water in a tank to be used for showers, washing dishes, or laundry. When this water is depleted, the tank refills and reheats. These tanks come in different sizes, ranging between 30 and 50 gallons in capacity. Traditional tanks are relatively inexpensive and are simple to install, but the utility cost of maintaining a heated tank can be quite expensive, especially in colder months of the year.
Traditional tanks take up a large amount space and can run out of hot water, requiring a homeowner to wait for the tank to catch up and reheat. These tanks typically have a lifespan of around 10 years before replacement is needed.
A tankless heater, on the other hand, uses a heat source to warm up or cool water on demand whenever it is needed, providing an unlimited supply of heated water. Tankless heaters can be much more expensive to install, as the higher unit cost and installation retrofitting can potentially cost thousands of dollars. In the long run, however, the energy efficiency of these heaters can save homeowners about $100 annually according to
energy.gov. A tankless heater can last twice as long as a traditional heater and has a much smaller carbon footprint due to its compact size.
Which is Right for Me?
In order to choose the right water heater, you must consider your lifestyle, budget, and average water usage. Tankless heaters may be a good choice for larger families who consistently use more hot water, while a traditional heater would make more sense for those with a tighter budget who need a quick fix.
If you are in the market for a new water heater and are unsure which option is right for you, a Columbia plumber from Plumbing Solutions, LLC can help you make a decision. Our plumbers can help with a wide variety of water heater services with expert workmanship and outstanding service. We also offer 24-hour emergency service to solve your water heater dilemma at any hour of the day! Schedule an appointment online or call us at (803) 618-4163 today!