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What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?


As you get ready to invest your money into a new water heater, you might ask about the differences between a traditional water heater, and a tankless heater. The type of water heater that you’ll purchase will depend upon personal needs, such as space, cost efficiency, and budget.

Tankless Water Heaters Take Up Less Space

If you want to clear up more space in your basement, or your water heater closet, a tankless heater is your best choice. Tankless heaters lay flush against your wall. You won’t have to worry about a huge contraption hogging up square footage, which means that you can use the extra space for storage.

Tankless Water Heaters Continuously Heat Water

A traditional water heater has a timer that is set to heat water at set intervals. As long as everyone inside of your house isn’t using hot water at the same time, you can count on having plenty of hot water available. But, if everyone starts using hot water at the time time, or if they use hot water for extended periods of time, your hot water supply will soon become depleted.

On the other hand, tankless water heaters continuously heat your water supply. Since tankless water heaters aren’t designed to fill up with water, you won’t have to endure waiting for a tank full of cold water to heat up.

Traditional Water Heaters Need To Be Replaced More Frequently

Traditional water heaters need to be replaced every 10 years, in most cases. If you’re lucky, you can get away with keeping the same water heater for 12 years. If you think of how long you’ll plan on living inside of your current home, purchasing a new water heater every decade, if not sooner, can become very expensive!

Tankless water heaters cost more upfront than traditional heaters. However, they last far longer. When you invest money into crucial home fixtures, you always want the best return on your investment.

Looking into different water heaters for your Berkeley property? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing today at (510) 876-9725 for a water heater installation! 

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