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Tankless Water Heaters vs. Traditional Water Heaters
Two Ways to get in Hot Water
When tankless water heaters first came about, the debate immediately started regarding which one is better — a tankless or traditional water heater. As with any kind of technology, there are pros and cons to both of them and things you should consider before making your choice for your home. The main ones are as follows.
Tank vs. No Tank
With tankless heaters, as soon as we turn on the tap or shower, hot water is produced. This because the water is only being heated at the precise moment. What’s the advantage? Virtually limitless hot water.
With tank heaters, a limited amount of water is heated. After the hot water is finished, we have to wait for more to get heated. The only way to get more hot water is to get a bigger tank or continuously leave the heater on. Obviously, this brings up the cost.
For those of us who keep a close eye on cost, tank heaters are considerably cheaper than tankless, as far as upfront purchase and installation costs are concerned. However, in the long run, a tank heater will cost more to operate, and they tend to wear out sooner.
Here are some things to know:
- Tankless heaters may cost more up front, but the real savings are in the long run. In fact, tankless heaters can save as much as 55% or even more in a given time period.
- Installation and maintenance cost are two things most of us rarely think about when making a once in a while purchase such as hot water heaters. But we need to factor both of those to do a fair and balanced comparison. The good news is that tankless heater installation costs have come down.
- Tank heaters are magnets for minerals and other forms of sedimentation. This is the main reason why they rarely last more than 10 years. And most manufacturers do not offer more than 6 years of warranty.
- With tankless heaters, sedimentation is just not an issue. After all, there is no tank to attract minerals! With overall costs getting lower and lower, tankless heaters have a bright future ahead of them.
At Mr. Rooter of Texarkana, we can help homeowners make the right decision for their needs. We understand the differences between tankless and traditional water heaters and we provide installation and repairs for our customers when they need it most.
Contact us today to get started.