Advanced designs in water heaters make hot water more accessible and affordable than ever. When selecting a new water heater, you will need to choose between tank water heaters and tankless models. It's important to understand the key differences between each, so you can select the right model for your home.
Most people are familiar with conventional tank water heaters. They are affordable and efficient, and will last many years. Tanks hold a set number of gallons of water, and are chosen based on the hot water needs of the family. Bigger families may need larger water heaters which can provide enough hot water for multiple showers or loads of laundry. Smaller tanks may run out of water before everyone has met their needs. Some tanks are designed to offer a more consistent flow of hot water.
Tanks are available in gas and electric models. Water is heated and stored in the tank until it is used. They may be installed indoors in a closet, or they may be placed in a basement or garage. Tanks don't last forever, and they may leak water, rust, or stop functioning. Most tanks last an average of 10 to 15 years before they need to be replaced.
Tankless water heaters are small units that heat water on demand, and they come in gas and electric models. They are usually installed directly where hot water is needed, such as below a sink or in a shower. Water is heated as it flows from the pipe and through the unit, where it is dispensed to the shower or faucet. Water is not stored in a tank, but is heated as it is used in the home. Tankless heaters last up to 20 years before they need to be replaced.
When choosing between tanks and tankless water heaters, consumers should consider the available energy source, location, and amount of water needed to support their family. Ease of use and dependability should also be considered. Homeowners can select from the many models available, and find the best unit for their needs.
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