Choosing Between a Tank and a Tankless Water Heater

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It’s tough to choose between different options for large systems like hot water heaters because the decision you make can affect your home for years and even decades to come. We’d like to help make the process a little easier by telling you a bit about the pros and cons of tank and tankless hot water heaters. But for the most part, it’s easiest to decide after you consult a specialist who can help you assess your needs and make an informed selection.

Tank Water Heaters: Pros

Conventional hot water heaters have a large tank that stores water and keeps it hot. The widespread availability of tank water heaters in all different sizes is part of what makes them such a popular choice, and the fact that they have always been a reliable, durable system for hot water delivery. Tank water heaters cost less than some other options. Regardless of the monthly bills, the initial cost is the most important factor for many people.

Tankless Water Heaters: Pros

Tankless water heaters are small in size, fitting into tight spaces like closets while still saving space for storage. Their main advantage is that they only heat up water on demand. That means that, rather than using energy throughout the day to keep water warm, the unit will only need to generate heat in short spurts, saving you money in the long run. Due to their long lifespan, the savings from running a tankless water heater often offset the initial cost, as long as the unit is properly maintained.

Both Options Have Their Disadvantages

A traditional tank water heater costs more to run than a tankless water heater. But the amount may not be significant enough for you to consider an upgrade. A tank water heater could run out of hot water, a problem a tankless water heater doesn’t have, but this is rare if the unit is sized correctly on installation. Besides, a tankless water heater can take a while to heat the water, leading to longer wait times. We know it’s a difficult decision, so discuss your concerns, your budget, and your household’s needs with a technician today! Contact your local water heater experts for services in Blaine, MN. Air Mechanical, Inc. is your one-stop shop for quality plumbing, heating, and cooling services!

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