There are advantages and disadvantages to tank and tankless water heaters. Which one is right for you depends in part on how much hot water you use a day and if you will have multiple people taking showers at the same time. Based in Austin, Texas, Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning is a company that installs, repairs and maintains tank and tankless water heaters. Here are some pros and cons to consider.
Tank Water Heater
Tank water heaters are less expensive to buy than tankless systems. They are also simpler, so the costs of repair and maintenance are lower. Since they store a large amount of water, you can have multiple people taking showers or otherwise using hot water at the same time.
Among the disadvantages is that they cost a bit more to operate than a tankless system. This is especially true in the colder months when they have to work harder to keep water hot. They have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years, so they need to be replaced more often than a tankless system.
Tankless Water Heater
Since they have on-demand hot water, tankless water heaters are less expensive to operate than tank water heaters. They don’t take up as much space, and you get hot water very quickly out of your tap. They also typically last 20 to 30 years, or nearly twice as long as tank water heaters.
On the other hand, they cost quite a bit more to have installed. Their repair and maintenance costs are also higher. They are “output challenged” as they can’t supply enough hot water if you want to do something like run your clothes washer and take a shower at the same time.
Your Local Plumbing Experts
Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning helps people throughout the greater Austin region. In addition to offering services for tank and tankless water heaters, we also do plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer/water/gas service and replacement, heating, cooling and bathroom remodels. We offer 24/7 emergency services, too. Please contact us today with any questions you may have.