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The Age Old Debate: Tank Vs. Tankless Water Heaters

showeringThe water heater is one of the most vital investments you can make in your home. Having hot water to wash yourself with is a blessing whether you take a hot shower as you start the day or while you’re winding down for the night.

If you have had your water heater for a long time, you may know it’s time to replace it with a new unit that is more efficient. However, water heaters come in more options than ever before. The most pertinent debate is between tank vs. tankless water heaters. Homeowners are not sure which one they should go for.

We will give you all the information you need to decide which one is better for your home. And as always, you can get in touch with us if you need someone to install a water heater in Orlando.

What is a Tankless Heater?

Also known as on-demand water heaters, tankless heaters work differently from the traditional appliance. They use high-powered burners to rapidly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger, delivering hot water directly to your water fixtures without storing any in a tank. Tankless heaters typically rely on gas or electricity and heat only the water you need to use.

How are Traditional Tank Storage Water Heaters Different?

The typical water heaters are essentially insulated water tanks that hold a substantial volume of water. These units heat the water within the tank and store it until it’s required. There is a pipe that pumps cold water to the tank, a heating element that heats up the water, and a pipe that leads the hot water out of the tank whenever it is needed.

Why Tankless Water Heaters are Better

Tankless units use a lot less energy compared to storage tank water heaters. Instead of heating a bulk volume of water and consistently heating it, tankless units only spring into action once you turn on the faucet. If you use a lot of hot water every day, a tankless unit can save you plenty of money on energy bills.

Tankless water heaters offer a few more advantages over water storage tank heaters, including:

  • Tankless water heaters save you money over time through reduced costs.
  • The unit only heats the water you need.
  • Tankless water heaters have a longer operational lifespan compared to tank storage water heaters.
  • Tankless water heaters do not take up a lot of space.
  • You can install tankless water heaters indoors in tight spaces or outdoors away from sight.
  • You get instant hot water after turning on the unit.

Drawbacks of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters offer you plenty of advantages, but they are not entirely perfect. The most prominent aspect of investing in a tankless water heater is a substantial upfront cost. On-demand water heaters can cost a lot more than traditional units.

If you have a smaller unit installed in your home and you are using hot water through multiple sources (like doing the laundry while someone is taking a shower), your unit can fail to keep up with the demand. These are minor drawbacks considering the long-term savings through more energy-efficient units that can last much longer than traditional tank water heaters.

Make sure you hire the most experienced plumbing services in the area to install the new unit in your home. That is where we come in.

Contact the team at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today.

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