As a homeowner, it’s important to ensure that all of your household machinery and plumbing is working properly. One of the most important things to regularly check, in order to make sure it’s functioning well, is your hot water heater. In our previous post we addressed signs that can let you know it’s time to replace your hot water heater. Today, we’d like to go over conventional versus tankless water heaters, and the advantages and disadvantages of both. If it’s time to replace your hot water heater, call Complete Plumbing & Rooter for the plumbing services you need in Chino.

Conventional Vs. Tankless Water Heaters: What’s The Difference?

If you’re used to your conventional or traditional hot water heater, you probably think of a hot water heater that uses a tank to heat the water for your home. Conventional hot water heaters store about 50 gallons of water in a tank that is preheated for whenever someone goes to use hot water. When water from the tank is used, it will refill and the new water will be heated for the next time it needs to be used. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, uses an electric or gas heat source to warm your water on-demand. This eliminates the need for a tank of water in your home that is preheated for use.

Conventional Vs. Tankless Water Heaters: Advantages And Disadvantages

Conventional Advantages

  • Having a conventional hot water heater installed is going to cost less than a tankless water heater, especially if you already have a conventional system.
  • Conventional water heaters are also easier to install, meaning that there will be less complications and a lesser chance of something going wrong with your system.

Conventional Disadvantages

  • Conventional hot water heaters can take up a lot of space by having to place a tank in your home that holds around 50 gallons of water.
  • A large tank of water also creates the possibility for flooding to occur if there is a crack or hole in your tank.
  • If you have a large family, it’s pretty common to run out of hot water.
  • Conventional systems last around 10 to 15 years, which is a shorter lifespan than tankless water heaters.
  • Your utility bills are going to be higher with a conventional system as opposed to a tankless system.

Tankless Advantages

  • Tankless hot water heaters offer valuable savings in the long-run by being about 30 percent more energy efficient than conventional systems.
  • Tankless systems are small and won’t take up too much space in your home.
  • The average lifespan of a tankless hot water heater, if properly cared for, is about 20 to 25 years.
  • Hot water can be provided on-demand, lessening the chances of ever running out of hot water.

Tankless Disadvantages

  • The installation of a tankless system can initially cost about twice as much as a conventional system.
  • If your current gas line is not equipped to handle a tankless water heater, you may need to increase the size of your line, which can add to the initial cost.
  • If your home is not equipped with a gas line, you may need to have your electrical system upgraded, which means hiring a plumber and an electrician.

If you’re not sure what kind of hot water heater would work best for you and the needs of your household, we recommend calling us here at Complete Plumbing & Rooter. One of our experienced plumbers can answer your questions, and we can help you with the plumbing services you need for your home in Chino. And remember, should you ever have a problem with your hot water heater and need the help of an emergency plumber, we offer 24-hour service for flooding.