Traditional Water Heater vs. Tankless Water Heater

December 17, 2020

When it’s time to replace your water heater, you can decide between traditional and tankless models. Both have their pros and cons.

Traditional Water Heater Pros

As traditional water heaters have been around for decades, they’re very reliable. Replacement parts are widely available, and nearly every plumber knows how to handle them. They have a high flow rate, so you won’t run out of hot water when someone is taking a shower and the clothes washer is on at the same time.

Traditional Water Heaters Cons

Lasting an average of just 10 to 13 years, traditional water heaters have a short lifespan. You can extend their life by keeping them well-maintained, but they rarely last as long as a tankless water heater. They also take up a lot of space.

A lot of energy is wasted with traditional water heaters as well. They keep several gallons of water at a high temperature, so standby heat loss is a major energy waster. New traditional water heaters have more insulation than old ones, but that doesn’t eliminate the problem.

Tankless Water Heater Pros

These water heaters are more energy-efficient than traditional ones, so you save money on your utility bills. They take up less space, so they’re great in homes with limited space. They can also last up to 20 years.

Peters Associates in Philadelphia, PA, installs traditional and tankless water heaters. Our company has been in business since 1945, and we have highly experienced people on our team.

Tankless Water Heater Cons

Tankless water heaters are more expensive to have installed than a traditional water heater. The water heater itself is more expensive, as is its installation because it’s complex and time-consuming. They can also struggle to meet demand if you’re using hot water for different purposes at the same time.

Peters Associates offers heating, cooling, water heater, and smart home services in the greater Philadelphia area. We also provide indoor air quality and commercial HVAC services. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.

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