Understanding Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Are you having issues with your old water heater and looking to have it replaced? You may have come across tankless heaters in your search for a replacement. How much do you understand about how tankless heaters function, and what advantage they might offer over your current traditional model? You can always get advice on Austin water heaters by speaking with the professionals at Christianson Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

How Traditional Water Heaters Work

Traditional storage water heaters contain a tank which holds anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons of hot water on standby. Hot water gets fed as needed whenever you turn on your shower or faucet. Cold water comes into the bottom of the tank and gets headed to replenish what you’ve used.

How Tankless Water Heaters Work

Tankless water heaters, which you might also have seen called instantaneous or demand-type water heaters, provide you with hot water only as needed. There’s no storage tank associated with this version, as the name indicates. Instead, the water only gets heated once you select the appropriate tab on your appliance. Tankless heaters can produce 2 to 5 gallons of hot water every minute.

Why You Might Choose a Tankless Water Heater

Because storage water heaters continuously heat water to keep your reservoir of hot water full, you end up burning a lot of energy even when it’s not in use. They can also take up a lot of room in your home, which might be an issue if you’re cramped for space. You’re also left waiting for more hot water if someone gets to the shower before you do.

Tankless water heaters can save consumers an average of $1,800.00 over its lifetime in energy costs. That’s because you’re only using energy to heat water when you need it, not to keep a reserve on hand. They’re also smaller than traditional water heaters, which can be a good thing if you don’t want one taking up a lot of room in your home.

While the initial purchase and installation of tankless water heaters are higher than those of a storage water heater, you can make up for it through your energy bill savings. Most storage heaters last around 10-15 years, while tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 20 years. Many manufacturers offer a warranty for any breakdowns to your unit during that period.

Find the Right Solution for Your Home

Feel free to contact Christianson Air Conditioning & Plumbing if you’re interested in learning more about Austin water heaters. Residents in the Austin Metro area can reach us by calling (512) 246-5400 or through our online form.

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