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Tankless Vs. Tank Water Heaters

If it’s time to install a new water heater in your home, you may be considering switching from a traditional tank to a tankless version. Each type of water heater has its own unique pros and cons. There is no right or wrong choice.  Instead, it just depends on your family’s needs and your preferences.

If you need help deciding which type of water heater is right for you, you can keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of both tank water heaters and tankless water heaters. Then, you can give our team a call for water heater service in Montgomery County, PA. We would love to offer an in-home assessment and help you decide exactly which water heater is right for you.

Pros of a Tank Water Heater

A tank water heater is usually considered the more traditional option. It is often the less expensive choice, and can be easier to install if you are swapping it out with another tank water heater since the existing connections already match up. 

Having a tank storage water heater offers the benefit of using hot water at multiple sources in your home without losing water pressure. You can wash dishes, do a load of laundry and have someone take a shower all at the same time if your water tank has the capacity to do so. You won’t lose water pressure at any of these sources because the tank is able to meet the demand.

Cons of a Tank Water Heater

Even though a tank water heater can meet demand from multiple sources at one time, you may run out of hot water depending on the size of the storage tank. Once the hot water supply is used, you have to wait for the tank to fill back up and reheat to have hot water again.

Pros of a Tankless Water Heater

With a tankless water heater, you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water because you basically have an endless supply. Your tankless water heater heats water on demand, so it can meet your needs. You can take a shower after running your dishwasher or clothes washer and not worry about a lack of hot water availability.

Tankless water heaters are also more energy efficient. They heat water on demand, which means they are not using energy around the clock to keep a tank of hot water available for whenever you need it like a more traditional water heater does.

Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

Even though you have an endless supply of hot water, a tankless water heater may not be able to meet the demand of using hot water from multiple sources at once. It can only heat so much water at a time. You may have to spread out hot water usage. For example, you may lose water pressure in the shower if the dishwasher is also going at the same time. 

A tankless water heater is also a more expensive upfront investment. Still, the cost may even out over time when you consider the energy savings, but it doesn’t change that you have to spend more on that initial installation. Ultimately, you have to make the right decision based on your wants and expectations. 

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today for your new water heater.

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