A couple of decades ago, there was really only one option when it came to installing a new water heater. Tank water heaters are by far the oldest water heater type on the market, and remain the most popular despite the arrival of new water heater types. However, that doesn’t make them the best option for everybody. If you’re looking for a new water heater, you should take a look at all of the options on the market. Let’s look at the pros and cons of tank vs. tankless water heaters.
Tank Water Heaters
Tank water heaters use a storage tank, usually ranging from 1 to 100 gallons, to maintain a standing supply of hot water at all times. This kind of water heater never turns off completely, as it’s constantly monitoring the temperature of the water in the tank and making adjustments. Because of the large amount of hot water that this system type generates, it’s quite capable of coping with a lot of demand over a long period of time. However, it does waste a lot of energy on an annual basis keeping water warm when it’s not being used.
Tankless Water Heaters
A tankless water heater doesn’t use a storage tank, but instead relies on a heat exchanger like a boiler does. This system only turns on when needed, and heats water as it flows through it on the way to its destination. Tankless water heaters are quite a bit more energy efficient than tank water heaters, because they aren’t on all the time. However, they have a tougher time coping with lots of demand, and there is a slight delay between when you call for hot water and when you receive it.
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