Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless

Both the traditional tank type water heaters and tankless water heaters are efficient and effective at providing hot water for your family regardless of whether they’re electric or gas. If you’re looking for a Vermont plumber to troubleshoot water heater issues or recommend and install a new water heater, call Stan the Plumber with Plumb Perfect today.

At Plumb Perfect we carry high efficiency traditional tank and tankless water heaters from leading manufacturers. Following is some information to help you in the decision making process when purchasing a new water heater system.

Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless

Tank Water Heater Benefits

A traditional tank water heater has a number of benefits over a tankless model. They are more affordable during initial installation because your home likely already has a tank water heater. The connections are in place and all you we have to do is remove the old water heater and install the new tank.

Tank type water heaters can be fueled by natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and electricity. This type of water heater makes and store hot water 24 hours per day in its storage tank, typically ranging from 20 to 120 gallons.

Sometimes the lowest-priced tank water heater may turn out to be the most expensive to operate and maintain over its lifetime. Therefore, consider water heaters that offer higher levels of tank insulation.

At Plumb Perfect we carry a wide assortment of gas and electric tank water heaters. They are the lowest installed cost choice for replacing an existing tank system.

Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless

Tankless Water Heater Benefits

While tankless water heaters may cost a bit more to install initially, they are far more efficient in the long term. They take up a fraction of the space consumed by a tank heater and can be mounted inside or outside on the wall.

Tankless water heaters are compact heating units that provide hot water as it is needed, and do no store hot water like traditional tank-type water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, water enters the tankless water heater. A sensor detects the water flow and activates an electric or gas heating device, which quickly raises the water temperature to a preset level. When water flow stops, the heating element shuts off.

Thermostatically-controlled tankless water heaters adjust their output water temperature according to flow rate and inlet water temperature. This can reduce your energy bills from hot water by as much as 40%.

Because tankless heaters do not store water, they are less subject to corrosion than tank-type heaters. As a result, their expected equipment life is possibly longer — more than 20 years — compared with 10-15 years for traditional water heaters.

How to Choose Which is Right for You

When the time comes to select a water heater, make sure you take all factors into consideration. Ask yourself what your budget is, how much hot water you need to have access to on any given day and what you are willing to pay on a monthly basis for hot water. Both options offer a number of benefits, but if your budget up front is much tighter than your long term budget, you will find that one works better for you than the other.

Whatever your decision, Stan the Plumber and his Plumb Perfect team are available to install a tank or tankless water heater in your home. Call us at 802-233-5564 to discuss your water heater needs and to learn more about our full range of water heating services including installation, maintenance and repairs.