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Tankless vs Traditional Water Heater

When considering which option is best for your application, its important to know the pros and cons of tankless water heaters and traditional water heaters:

 

Tankless Water Heater Pros

  • Energy efficient: Tankless water heaters only heat water as it's needed, which can save you money on your energy bills over time.

  • Unlimited hot water: Tankless water heaters can provide an endless supply of hot water, as long as the unit's capacity matches the demand.

  • Longer lifespan: Tankless water heaters typically last around 20 years or more with proper maintenance.

  • Space-saving: Tankless water heaters are smaller and more compact than traditional tank water heaters, making them a great option for homes with limited space.

 

Tankless Water Heater Cons

  • Higher upfront cost: Tankless water heaters typically cost more upfront than traditional tank water heaters.

  • Special venting requirement: Tankless water heaters require special venting, which can add to the cost of installation.

  • High flow rate: Tankless water heaters are rated by the maximum flow rate (in gallons per minute) at which they can supply hot water. It's important to match the flow rate of the tankless water heater to the demand of the household to make sure the hot water needs are met.

  • Temperature stability: Some tankless water heaters have an issue maintaining a consistent water temperature, especially when multiple hot water outlets are in use at the same time.

 

Traditional Water Heater Pros

  • Lower upfront cost: Traditional water heaters are generally less expensive to purchase and install than tankless water heaters.

  • More common: Traditional water heaters are more common and more widely available than tankless water heaters, which makes it easier to find replacement parts and service.

  • No flow rate concerns: Traditional water heaters have a storage tank, so you don't have to worry about matching the flow rate to the demand of the household.

 

Traditional Water Heater Cons

  • Less energy efficient: Traditional water heaters lose heat as the water cools in the tank, which can result in higher energy bills over time.

  • Limited hot water: Traditional water heaters have a limited supply of hot water stored in the tank, so you may run out of hot water during a shower or other high-demand period.

  • Shorter lifespan: Traditional water heaters typically last around 8-12 years with proper maintenance.

  • Space-consuming: Traditional water

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