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Are Tankless Water Heaters always Better Choices Than Tank Water Heaters?

We often recommend that homeowners look into the installation of a tankless water heater when it’s time to replace an aging water heating system. Switching from the conventional storage tank model that so many homes have to a system that heats up water on demand without storing it offers many benefits: reduced energy costs, no water supply that can run out, long lifespan, and smaller size.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean that a tankless water heater is always the top choice for a home. In certain situations, staying with a tank water heater is the better choice for a replacement.

When Going with a Storage Tank Water Heater Is Better

Tankless water heaters cost more to install than tank water heaters. Although a tankless system uses less energy than a storage tank system (because it only consumes power when there’s a demand for hot water, rather than keeping the water at the same temperature constantly), it may simply not be in a household budget to install one. Plus, newer tank water heaters are more energy efficient than older models: you may not receive the large savings of a tankless system, but you’ll still be saving.

You should also factor in how your household uses hot water into your decision—with the help of a professional. Tankless water heaters don’t have a hot water supply that can run out, but they can be overtaxed due to extra demand from multiple taps. This will lead to energy efficiency drops and lukewarm water. If you often have more than one tap turned on at the same time, you might receive better performance from a storage tank water heater. Talk to your installer about how much water you use on overage to determine if a tank water heater will serve you better.

To find your top option when it comes to a water heater for your house, contact our specialists.

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