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Pros & Cons: Tankless Water Heaters

Today, most residential properties utilize either conventional water heaters with large tanks or more compact tankless water heaters. Both types help generate reliable supplies of warm and hot water for daily use. However, some important differences exist between these two basic designs.

If you’re stuck in the beginning stages of choosing a style of water heater for your home, our team can offer some insights into the pros and cons involved in choosing between a conventional and a tankless water heater.

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Most seniors grew up in homes which utilized water heaters equipped with large tanks. These units offer advantages in households in which a number of people may require hot water from multiple taps throughout the day. They heat a large volume of water at once, and thus sometimes warm more water than residents actually utilize. Additionally, the use of a large tank means this type of water heating device requires significant floor space in a utility closet or your plumbing crawl space.

By contrast, newer tankless water heaters are typically affixed to the wall in locations proximate to a hot water tap. This type of appliance will heat water immediately before it leaves the tap. A single tankless water heater generally serves a limited output area; meaning homes with multiple bathrooms may require multiple tankless water heaters to ensure hot water throughout the premises.

The Pros And Cons of Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Tankless hot water heaters represent a comparatively recent innovation. These models offer some important benefits. Consider some of the pros in installing a tankless water heater for your home:

  • Tankless water heaters help conserve water heating by heating only the water used as it is needed

  • These appliances typically require less floor space than water heaters with tanks

  • Tankless water heaters tend to supply a significantly longer lifespan than conventional water heaters with tanks

Depending on your lifestyle and family size, these advantages sometimes make an energy-efficient tankless water heater the ideal choice. These models offer financial savings when used in some apartment complexes, hotels, or motels. They don't occupy expensive floor space and they help ensure an on-demand flow of hot water at peak usage times of the day.

Some Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heaters

Like all appliances, tankless water heaters do hold disadvantages. The cost of installing a separate water heating unit for each tap sometimes proves significant. While "whole house" tankless hot water heaters also exist, these units may prove inadequate in meeting the demands of people using several water sources simultaneously. This could cause water to be inconsistently heated from multiple taps. In this respect, a single water heater with a large tank may still represent the most economical short-term installation choice.

Additionally, installing a tankless water heater (or multiples) could mean that expensive home upgrades. For instance, a homeowner might need to upgrade the electrical system to accommodate the installation of several tankless hot water heaters. Tankless hot water heaters also require exterior venting, making some brands potentially unsuitable for use in interior rooms.

You can speak with a licensed plumber about the best type of water heater for your home or rental property by calling Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling. We can also help you with any repair assistance for your essential HVAC system. In the Greater Spring, Texas Area, simply contact us for fast, courteous assistance!

Our technicians offer expert assistance in the repair, installation, maintenance, and replacement of all kinds of residential water heaters. Our team is happy to serve homeowners, landlords, and property management companies. Call 281-645-5905 today. We look forward to assisting you!