Tank Water Heater vs Tankless Water Heater

by jeffskbb on January 28, 2013

Homeowners have two options when it comes to water heaters- tank and tankless. Usage and location as well as the energy source will need to be considered when determining which is best for you. Tank water heaters are available in electric, natural and liquid propane models. Tankless hot water heaters are only available in electric and natural gas. Fuel types will play a key factor in determining initial set up costs as well as long term usage costs.

Tank Water Heaters
Tank water heater models powered by electricity and gas last an average of 10 years, while natural gas models typically last up to 13 years before replacement is needed. Poor maintenance on tank water heaters, especially in areas with hard water, can shorten the lifetime of the water heater. Tank water heaters are less expensive to purchase and install than tankless water heaters, but can cost more to operate. Tank water heaters keep a constant supply of hot water available.

Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters can last anywhere between 15 and 20 years with proper maintenance and repair. Tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient then tank heaters because they only heat water as it is needed. The average home owner can save up to $100 a year on their water heating bill with a tankless water heater. However, the cost to install a new tankless heater can sometimes offset the benefits. Gas powered tankless heaters require larger gas lines that can be costly to install.

Considerations
New technologies are making tank water heaters more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain. When correctly sized, a tank water heater will have plenty of hot water available when needed. Tankless water heaters are easier to install. They are smaller in size and can be mounted closer to use points for a faster delivery of hot water.  It is important to remember though, that the entire venting system will need to be replaced when converting to a tankless water heater.

Still not sure which water heater is right for your Oviedo home? Contact Jeff’s Kitchen Bath & Beyond, we will help you make the right choice. Call us today at (407) 968-1801. 

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