A water heater is an essential appliance for your home in Canton, OH. Here are a few pointers to help you decide whether to install a tank or tankless water heater.
Tank Water Heater
The tank water heater is by far the most common. It comprises an insulated tank, which holds 30 to 50 gallons of water, and a pipe to deliver the water to the designated faucets. Typically, these heaters use either natural gas or electricity for their fuel. Usually, those that use natural gas use less energy but are on the expensive side.
Advantages of the Tank Water Heater
- Lower initial cost.
- Easier to maintain.
- Simpler and easier to repair.
Drawbacks of the Tank Water Heater
- Takes up more space.
- Results in higher utility bills.
- Needs more frequent replacement.
Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are also known as a demand-type water heater. As the name suggests, this type will provide hot water only when you need it by heating it directly. Once you turn the hot water tap on, cold water will flow to the unit, where gas or electricity heats it.
One major downside of tankless water heaters is the limited flow rate. For instance, you might not get the hot shower you want while the dishwasher is running. To overcome this challenge, you can get a professional to install two or more demand-type water heaters and connect them in parallel, or get a water heater that doubles as an overflow from a boiler.
Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater
- Saves you money over time.
- Has a longer lifespan.
- Takes up less space.
- Can provide hot water on demand.
Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heaters
- More expensive than tank heaters.
- Output limitation.
- Longer installation time.
The Bottom Line
Whichever type of water heater you decide on, we can help you select and install one that will work well in your home. Call our team at Quality Heating & Cooling for water heater installation. We’ll be happy to serve you.
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