Water Heaters: Tankless or Traditional?
We’ve all been there. You’re about to take a shower, you turn on the hot water faucet to the perfect position and step in. Unfortunately, you’re hit right in the face with ice cold water! Your water heater is out. After taking a brisk cold shower you call Chapman Heating and Air and we send our master plumber out as soon as we can! He looks over your water heater and gives you the cost of repairs needed vs replacing the 15 year old tank. It’s served you well the past 15 years, but it’s time to move on. Our plumber tells you we offer both tankless and traditional water heaters. But you have no idea which one to choose – no worries! Our plumber is knowledgeable and goes over some of the advantages and disadvantages of each system with you.
Traditional – The first advantage of a traditional water heater is that it’s easier to install than tankless models, they are generally less expensive, and since the water is stored in the tank after being heated, even if the power goes out you will still have hot water for a few hours. A few disadvantages – depending on the size of tank you go for it can only hold up to 45, 50, or 75 gallons of water, meaning there is a limited amount of hot water available.
Tankless – The first advantage of a tankless water heater is that it uses less energy than a traditional tank! The supply of hot water is continuous (as long as the faucet is on). Because of this they typically cost less to operate throughout the year depending on how much water your household uses. There are a few disadvantages to going tankless though – they can be more expensive and smaller units can only provide hot water to one faucet at a time. However there are larger units that can handle the demand of a large family.
When it’s time for you to replace your old and worn out water heater call Chapman Heating and Air, our master plumber will visit your home and give you all the information you need in order to make the best decision for your families hot water needs!