Even if your water heater isn’t on its last legs, you should know what type you want before you replace it. This will save you time and prevent you from making the wrong choice in the event of an emergency. Below we’ll discuss the differences between tankless and traditional water heaters for your Alice, TX, home.
Tankless vs. Traditional
Traditional water heaters have a tank that stores and pre-heats 30 to 50 gallons of water. Once the water runs out, the tank refills. Tankless water heaters warm up water on demand and don’t have a tank for storing water.
Traditional water heaters have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, but tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 20 years or more. That’s twice the lifespan of the traditional water heater, which gives you more breathing room before you need a replacement.
A traditional water heater stores hot water in a tank. It’s a large appliance that requires a lot of space. A tankless water heater is smaller and requires little space for installation; they’re small enough to install on a wall.
Traditional water heaters are cheaper to buy and costs less to install than tankless water heaters. However, one drawback of traditional water heaters has to do with how they heat and reheat water.
Since traditional water heaters heat and reheat water even when you’re not using it, this increases the amount of energy you use and your bills. As for tankless water heaters, those that use 41 gallons of water per day or less are up to 34% more energy-efficient than a traditional water heater.
Our knowledgeable service technicians are here to help whether you’re searching for a home energy audit or need plumbing services. Contact Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. today for reliable services for water heaters in Alice, TX.
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