Water heaters are a home essential, so when it’s time to replace yours, you will want to know your options. These appliances are meant to last for many years and they are a vital element of your home’s infrastructure, so choosing one can be a daunting task.
You probably already know about traditional water heaters, but tankless water heaters are a little newer on the scene. Which one should you buy? Our team at Hawaii Drain Pros has put together this blog to compare the two types of water heaters.
Read on to decide which is best for you.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
A tankless water heater is a small unit that uses electricity or gas to quickly heat your water and send it out to your faucets. These water heaters do not store the hot water in a tank, hence a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters.
What is a Traditional Water Heater?
Traditional water heaters can also be known as tank storage water heaters. The difference between the two is instead of sending the water directly to you, the system will store the hot water in a tank. These tanks can usually hold 30-50 gallons of water. Gas-powered tank storage water heaters can be more expensive to install.
Tankless Water Heater Advantages and Disadvantages
Every unit can be exceptional but still include some drawbacks. We wanted to make sure to give homeowners looking for a new water heater the full rundown of the pros and cons of a tankless water heater.
Pros of a Tankless Water Heater
- According to energy.gov, tankless water heaters are “24%-34% more energy-efficient than conventional storage tank heaters” if you use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily.
- Tankless water heaters will usually last longer than traditional water heaters.
- They take up less space than traditional water heaters.
- You will never run out of hot water or wait long for hot water.
Cons of a Tankless Water Heater
- The initial purchase price can be more pricey than a storage-tank water heater but will last you longer.
- Installation of a tankless water heater can be pricey to replace a storage-tank water heater.
- If you have multiple people using the hot water in your home, it may fail to keep up with the demand and produce “cooler” water.
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Storage-Tank Water Heater Advantages and Disadvantage
It would be a bit unfair if we only discussed the pros and cons of a tankless water heater. Here are a few points on the advantages and disadvantages of a storage-tank water heater.
Pros of a Traditional Water Heater
- These systems have a lower initial cost.
- Storage tank systems have a more straightforward operation and cost less for maintenance and repairs.
Cons of a Traditional Water Heater
- Utility bills can be higher since these systems use more energy than tankless water heaters.
- They have a shorter lifespan than tankless water heaters, which means they will have to be replaced more often.
Utility bills can be higher since these systems use more energy than tankless water heaters. So which system should you get?
While both systems have pros and cons, it ultimately depends on your home and budget.
Go With the Plumbing Professionals
Our team at Hawaii Drain Pros wants to ensure you make the most informed decision. If you have any questions about which system is best for you, give us a call today to schedule.