The model you choose will also impact energy costs, maintenance needs, and other important factors. With this in mind, a closer look at the differences between a tank water heater and a tankless water heater is in order.
Regardless of whether your water heater will be powered by gas or electric energy, tankless water heaters can save you money on energy costs. This is because tank water heaters maintain heated water until you’re ready to use it, while tankless water heaters do not heat the water until you demand it. The actual energy savings vary based on how much hot water is used in the home, but the bottom line is tankless models cut energy consumption.
AVAILABILITY OF HEATED WATER
When the hot water stored in a tank water heater runs out, you will need to wait for the tank to heat more water before you can access it from the tap again. On the other hand, tankless water heaters can heat up to 5 gallons of water per minute, but this varies based on the capabilities of the unit selected. This heated water is available endlessly. However, if the home needs more gallons of heated water per minute than the unit can supply, you can run out of hot water with a tankless unit. In both cases, the solution is to install a backup water heater.
As you continue to compare tank and tankless water heaters, you will discover that tank water heaters have minimal maintenance requirements, a longer life span, and a higher up-front cost.
Bottom line: When determining which type of unit is best for your needs, you should consider hot water consumption in your home, your budget, and how long you plan to live in the house. We are available to answer your questions and can install your preferred unit without delay. To schedule an appointment with Hi-Tech Plumbing & Heating, call (561) 220-3107.