Why, yes, there is such a thing as a tankless water heater, in case you were asking yourself about that. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that tank water heaters are the only option for every home that’s out there—but that’s not the case. Tankless technology exists, which means that water can be heated the moment it is desired for an almost unlimited supply of hot water.
Since we carry both types of water heaters in Bucks & Montgomery, PA, it’s generally a good idea to know the difference between the two. Unfortunately, the decision isn’t as simple as “tankless water heaters are better.” There still are plenty of homes that might enjoy having a tank water heater more. Our team is full of experts who know the types of homes, homeowners, and environments where tank water heaters might still be the superior choice.
Which home do you have? Well, let’s find out!
Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are able to provide immediate and immeasurable amounts of heated water without the use of a storage tank. Cold water travels into a unit that uses either a gas burner or an electric heater to instantly heat the water that is then provided to you through your showerhead or faucet. So naturally, there are some clear advantages to having a water heater like this.
- Fuel Efficiency. Since water heaters don’t need to constantly burn fuel to keep a tank of hot water ready at all times, tankless water heaters tend to run more efficiently and save a lot of money throughout the entire year. That can be a big purchasing point for many homeowners.
- Lifespan. Since tankless water heaters don’t spend so much time in contact with water, they rarely suffer from problems like scaling and corrosion. That means a tankless water heater will last much longer than models that include a tank.
- Smaller. Tankless water heaters don’t include a massive tank, which means they can be stored easily in smaller homes.
- Unlimited Hot Water. As long as you’ve got access to water and energy, you’ve got access to hot water. With tank water heaters, the water eventually runs out and needs to be refilled and reheated, but with a tankless system, there isn’t an end to how much water you can use.
While we just mentioned the various advantages to having a tankless water heating system, we also mentioned that they aren’t the right fit for every home. Since tankless water heaters can only heat a certain volume of water per second, with a large family that takes long showers (or multiple showers at once) the heater is going to have trouble keeping up. Not only that, but water pressure can get affected if there are multiple places where hot water is needed but not enough hot water is produced in time. If water pressure and the ability to use multiple water-intensive appliances at once is a major concern to you and your family, a tank water heater might be a better solution.
Either way, we carry tankless and tank water heaters for your household needs. Just call Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling today!