If your water heater just broke, you’re probably debating whether to go with a traditional water heater or a tankless model. You might be looking at the initial investment of a tankless water heater and wondering if it’s worth it. Here at Approved Plumbing, we almost always recommend tankless models because they are extremely energy efficient and will save you money in the long run. If you’re still on the fence, keep reading to learn about which option is the right solution for your home…
Traditional water heaters heat and store water in a tank. This tank typically holds between forty and fifty gallons at a time. When someone in your home takes a shower or washes the dished, the pre-heated water flows from the tank to the showerhead or faucet. The tank then is filled again and the new water is heated and stored for future use.
While traditional water heaters have a lower initial investment, they are constantly heating and re-heating the water in the tank – even if you’re not using hot water. This makes them much less energy efficient compared to tankless models.
Tankless water heaters only heat water as it is being used. Rather than storing water and continually re-heating it, these models heat water as it’s being used. The energy needed to heat the water is only consumed at the time (and for the duration) that hot water is being used.
While tankless water heaters have a higher initial investment, they usually operate less often. You should consider how often you use hot water and how long you’ll stay at your current home. If you plan to stay long-term, the tankless option might be best for you.
By carefully considering your specific situation and lifestyle needs, you can decide whether a traditional water heater or a tankless model suits you best. Every home is different, so give us a call to discuss your specific water heater needs today.