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Water Heater FAQ: Tank or Tankless?

If we were to write you a blank check, chances are that you’d go out and spend your funds on something a bit more exciting than a water heater. We get it: we’re plumbers, and even we don’t think that a water heater is the most enticing item that someone can purchase. It is one of the most necessary, however. If you want to live in the comfort and convenience that you deserve, then you need more than a good water heater. You need a water heater that is going to suit your needs completely.

When it comes down to choosing a new water heater in Apache Junction, there are two systems that most homeowners are going to be looking at. These are the tank and the tankless water heaters. Like any other appliance, both of these systems have pros and cons. In order to help you choose your new water heater confidently, we’ve put together some information to help you better understand some of these points of comparison between tank and tankless models.

Tank and Tankless Pros and Cons

Let’s start with the tank water heater, as this is still the most popular option among homeowners. There are a lot of benefits to using a tank water heater. They are tried and true, and quite effective at what they do when appropriately sized for the demand of the household.

Tank water heaters also happen to be much more affordable than their tankless counterparts. While it would be nice if every homeowner could afford to purchase the most high-end appliances out there, this is simply not realistic. If money is a factor when choosing your new water heater, then the affordability of tank models will definitely come into consideration.

The major disadvantage of the tank water heater is that standby energy loss cannot be entirely eliminated. This is when heat from the water within the storage tank transfers through that tank and out into the cooling air surrounding it. Modern tanks are quite efficient, and insulating the tank further is an option, but it is still worth considering.

Now, tankless water heaters are indeed more expensive to purchase than tank water heaters. That, however, should not be enough to dissuade you from purchasing such a system. If you have the capital to make this initial investment, then you could definitely save money in the long run by using a tankless system.

Because standby energy loss is no longer a concern, these systems are very efficient. There is also the fact that they last much longer than tank models generally do to consider. With a lifespan of over 20 years, as opposed to 10–15 for tank models, tankless water heaters definitely offer a good return on investment.

If you live in a home with a regularly high demand for hot water, you may want to stick with a properly sized tank model. Tankless water heaters can be more easily overwhelmed when hot water is called for at multiple outlets all at once. If running the dishwasher and the laundry machine while someone is also showering is a common occurrence in your home, a tankless water heater may struggle to keep up.

Contact The Sunny Plumber Phoenix with any questions that you may have. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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