Water Heaters – Tankless vs Conventional

water heater infoThe goal in any industry is to make the product better and more efficient. This holds true for household appliances. There have been great strides made in plumbing as well. However, not all new innovations are the proper fit for every user.

The tankless water heater has been the latest innovation in the water heating business. Many people have installed them and are using them. But, a traditional tank water heater is still the most-used in the home and business. There is a certain reliability and effectiveness you get from a tank heater.

We will compare the pros and the cons of the two types of water heater:

Conventional

Pros

They are affordable. They have been mass produced and replicated over many years which has brought the price point as low as it can go.

Easy Maintenance: This is really a set-it and forget-it type of appliance. Even if you live in a house that uses well-water you can go years without having to drain it.

Cons

Limited hot water. If you use all the water in the tank you will have to wait until a new batch of water is heated, which can take hours.

Size. The tanks can be large and take up a lot of space.

Lifespan. The tank water heater can last 8-15 years. This is a good length of time but a tankless lasts even longer.

Tankless Water heater

Pros

Long life span. These things are built to last 20+ years.

Space. They are small and easy to fit just about anywhere.

Convenience. They can produce hot water almost endlessly.

Cons

Cost. They are more expensive than conventional water heaters and they are more expensive to install.

Output. If you have a bunch of hot water being used at once in various parts of the home, the tankless water heater may not be able to keep up.

We hope this article helps you in identifying which type of water heater will be right for you. There are many advantages and some disadvantages to both. But one thing is certain, life is better when there is hot water on-demand.

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