What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

Differences between a traditional water heater and tankless

Water HeaterWe see a lot of customer’s who are considering purchasing a new water heater. Often, they are quite frustrated because there are several choices on the market. The two main choices are the traditional water heater and the tankless water heater. Of course, the water heater selected should be based on usage and home size. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between a traditional water heater and tankless water heater.

The tankless water heater and the more traditional water heater are quite different. The traditional water heater is very popular and still maintains its popularity with most home owners. Tank water heaters contain a tank that holds the water. They keep the water at a certain temperature for the people in the house. Therefore, the people in the home always have hot water ready for their use immediately. Every time the water is drained out, it fills the tank again with cold water. This water is heated up again to the prescribed temperature. The tank heaters are great for the family that uses a lot of hot water. They make water readily available at all hours of the day. The downsize is that they require a certain amount of space and they use more energy than a tankless heater.

The tankless water heater does not have a tank to store water. The tankless water heater simply heats up the water required at the moment the water is turned on. The tankless water heater is also much smaller than a traditional water heater and requires much less space. Many are mounted on the walls to save even more space. The tankless water heater is also very energy efficient and cost less to use throughout the year than the traditional water heater. The tankless water heater is also more durable. They rarely spring leaks and do not have parts that require replacement.

A tankless heater is the perfect option for a smaller home or apartment. The traditional water heater is still the best option for a large family in a larger size home that requires a constant supply of hot water for the occupants.

Looking into different water heaters for your Little Rock property? Call Arrow Plumbing today at (501) 588-3200 for a water heater installation!

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