Imagine the excitement when Americans first had the pleasure of hot water directly from a tap in their homes. The invention of the water heater provided water suitable for bathing, cleaning, cooking and many other tasks. There are different water heater options to choose, which is why Estes Services stocks and installs multiple choices for our customers. Discover the pros and cons of each before making your decision.
Water Heater Options
There are two different types of water heaters for homeowners to choose from, and both have their own benefits. By understanding how each water heater works, you can begin to form a decision on which would be best for your home:
- Traditional Water Heater: This unit stores water in a large tank and preheats between 30 to 50 gallons of water in the storage area. The preheated water is utilized whenever someone does laundry, dishes or takes a shower. Once the tank is empty, more water flows back in to be preheated.
- Tankless Water Heater: A tankless system is just what the name says. It has no tank for storing water; instead, it uses a heat source, electric or gas, to warm cool water when it’s needed. A tankless water heater offers hot water within seconds and eliminates preheated water for later use.
Traditional Water Heater
A traditional water heater has been the more popular choice until recently. The initial cost is less than a tankless unit. This cost makes it appealing when it’s time to purchase a new water heater. Plus, a home with a traditional water heater is already set up for installation of another unit, which means installation is less complicated.
The drawbacks, however, outweigh the pros. Traditional water heaters constantly heat and reheat water at a pre-set temperature, regardless of the water is needed at the time. Your water bill and energy bill will be higher with a traditional unit. The size of a traditional water heater is much larger than a tankless unit, making it harder to find a place for it in your home. They cannot be installed outside.
Due to the tank holding water, it will eventually run out, and you will have to wait for the tank to refill and reheat before you can enjoy hot water. Larger tanks necessitating higher energy costs are available if you need hot water for extended amounts of time. Traditional water heaters last between 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance. Their lifespan doesn’t last as long as a tankless unit, which means you have to buy a new one sooner than you might wish.
Tankless Water Heater
The pros for a tankless water heater are many compared to the cons. The two cons for a tankless system are the higher initial cost compared to a traditional unit and retrofitting a home with a traditional unit with a tankless unit requires upfront costs.
A tankless water heater lasts twice as long as a traditional unit, up to 20 years or more. They take up less space, allowing for more flexibility and versatility for installation purposes. They can even be placed outside. They offer more energy efficiency because water is only heated when it’s needed. This ensures you get two to three gallons of hot water per minute whenever you need it.
Know the differences between our two styles of water heaters and weigh the pros and cons for both. Don’t hesitate to call Estes Services for more information about which is right for your home. Our plumbing professionals will listen to you and answer all your questions before you buy. Contact us today!