When you need a new water heater, you can choose between getting a traditional or tankless model. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
What Is a Traditional Water Heater?
A traditional water heater is a large insulated storage tank that is heated by electricity or gas. The water is stored at a set temperature and the water is heated and reheated as needed.
Traditional Water Heater Pros and Cons
These water heaters are relatively inexpensive to buy and have installed. They store a large amount of hot water, so they work great for large families that may require a lot of hot water at the same time.
They’re not terribly energy efficient, though. The water is always losing heat and so needs to be regularly reheated. If they leak, you could end up with 50 gallons of water pouring out and causing extensive water damage. They also tend to last only 10 to 13 years.
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What Is a Tankless Water Heater?
This type of water heater is also referred to as “on-demand.” It doesn’t store water, but rather heats it when needed. The water runs through a heating mechanism when you turn on a faucet, appliance, bath, or shower.
Tankless Water Heater Pros and Cons
Since these don’t store water, they are much more efficient than traditional water heaters. They also take up less space, which is great in small homes.
Tankless water heaters are more expensive to buy and install than traditional ones. They have a longer lifespan, though. Also, they can’t handle supplying as much hot water at the same time as traditional water heaters.
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