The 10 year warranty on your water heater is coming up and it is time to replace it. Should you stick with the same water heater type you have or invest in something new? Here, we weigh the pros and cons of the two most popular water heater choices: a tankless and tank water heater.
Tank Water Heater
The original water heater model, it has been around since the 1800s. The tank water heater is usually found in unused areas like garages, basements, laundry rooms, or storage closets. It is large and can be unsightly to some. The tank water heater can store dozens of gallons of water for indefinite periods of time, which is great if you ever have an emergency situation. One heating coil at the bottom of the tank constantly keeps the stagnant water warm until it is ready for use, meaning it is always hot. Because the water just sits there, sediment deposits from the minerals in the water eventually form on the tank and clog the machine, requiring repairs.
Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are a slightly newer invention. Much tinier, they appear the be the size and shape of a suitcase, or even smaller, sometimes the size of thermostats. Tankless water heaters don’t store water, and only heat water when the hot water tap is turned on, saving water and energy. Tankless water heaters are beneficial for small households or those without lots of space. Because they don’t store water, tankless water heaters take longer to produce hot water, so they are not recommended for large families or people who want instant hot water.
Can’t decide which water heater is best for you? Call Kinsey Plumbing Services at (512) 930-2677 and we can help you choose if a tankless or tank water heater would be best for your home in Jarrell and Georgetown, TX.