Tankless Water Heaters vs. Tank Water Heaters


With the new tankless water heaters coming out, everyone is debating which one is the best. The answer is not a simple one; your situation determines whether or not you would actually benefit from switching. Sometimes it’s just easier and cheaper to fix or replace your old tank water heater with a newer one with a warranty, unless you are going into a long term change.

With a tankless water heater, you will never run out of hot water unless you have a malfunction, of course. This is what makes them so appealing. You can take a shower while someone else does dishes, and another person is taking a bath. The hot water is there when you need it. On the other hand, if you choose to go tankless you can’t simply take out the old tank heater and stick the new one in its place. Changing over needs to be professionally done, but it’s well worth the money. Most of the time the gas use is increased with a tankless water heater which means additional money to upgrade. You will also probably have to completely rework the vent system for the water heater. The system for the old tank water heaters just won’t do. Converting from a tank to tankless is where most of the costs are involved.

Tank water heaters, on the other hand, are cheaper to replace if that’s the type you previously had installed. The ventilation system and pipes are already in place and unless some plumbing problems have risen, you should only have the cost of the water heater itself and the labor to remove the old and install the new. It takes a lot less time to install a water heater with one if it is the same type and size, however, you will miss out on the energy and water savings over time by staying replacing your old tank water heater with a new tank water heater instead of switching it out for a tankless energy efficient one. The other problem with the old-style tank water heaters is that they will run out of hot water, eventually, when it the water is run. You may have to wait to shower if you’ve just washed the dishes. How soon you run out is determined by the size of your heater and how many people in your home are using hot water.

Considering making the switch to an energy efficient tankless water heater for your Connecticut (CT) home? Contact Griswold Plumbing, LLC today at 860-554-5219 to schedule an appointment and help you choose the right system for your home’s needs.

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