Tankless Water Heaters vs. Standard

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Standard

If you’re upgrading or replacing your water heater and find yourself curious about the difference between a tankless water heater versus a standard heater, keep reading! It’s helpful to know how they work, what their benefits are, and which style you prefer. Knowing what you want for your home and how each water heater works can help you prepare for any upgrade and installation plans.

Standard Water Heaters

As suggested, the standard storage water heater is fairly common in most households. It houses a ready reservoir of hot water that is constantly heated in the tank. Standard water heaters experience standby heat loss, where some energy and heat is wasted when not in use, though some heaters may have well-insulated tanks that can reduce such loss. Standard storage water heaters are typically lower in purchase costs but may require regular maintenance or cause major plumbing problems if they leak or break.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless gas and electric water heaters are more energy-efficient and provide hot water only as needed. When the hot water tap is turned on, cold water flows through the unit to heat it, and a steady supply of hot water comes through the tap. A downside to the tankless water system is that it can limit output flow rates if a large quantity of hot water is needed. If multiple appliances are using hot water simultaneously, then hot water flow may be limited.

Tankless water heaters may have a higher initial purchasing and installation cost than that of a standard water heater, but they will typically last longer and have lower operating/energy costs over a longer running life. Standard water heaters may last 10 – 15 years, but tankless water heaters can last over 20 years and have easily replaceable parts.Water heating is the 2nd largest utility expense in most homes and understanding the true cost of a water heater involves understanding their purchase, installation, operating, and maintenance costs. We recommend investing in tankless water heaters and our expert plumbers can guide you through the process and assure proper installation.

The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

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Upgrading to a tankless water heater has a lot of benefits for your household, including long-term energy & cost efficiency. Continue reading to learn why we recommend tankless water heaters. 

Built to Last

Though they may have a higher cost initially than a standard heater, tankless water heaters more than make up for it with their longevity and operating cost. Their simple design, energy efficiency, and component parts make them one of the longest lasting style of water heater. You can expect a tankless heater to last  many years, especially with easy, repairable parts. Properly maintaining your water heater could prolong its lifespan even longer. 

Energy Efficient

These heaters are more energy efficient than standard tanks by providing hot water only as needed. When the hot water tap is turned on, cold water flows through the unit to heat it, and a steady supply of hot water comes through. This process prevents unnecessary heat loss that many standard water heaters experience.

With the process of heating water on-demand, you won’t experience a loss of hot water like you may with standard heaters – you can tap into continuous hot water for as long as you need! However, if you have a full household or several appliances demanding  a lot of hot water usage simultaneously, then it may be beneficial to install a secondary tankless water heater that can help with steady output flow.

Tankless water heaters can conserve more energy than standard tank models and simultaneously service every high-demand point in your home, such as the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. 

Lower Utility Bills

 Gas tankless water heaters use less energy and experience less heat loss than standard tank water heaters. The average household  could save hundreds of dollars every year by converting to a gas tankless unit. 

 If you’re ready to upgrade your water heater, contact our office at: 972-446-2500

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