Tank vs Tankless

//Tank vs Tankless

Tank vs Tankless

What is the Difference and What Should You Choose?

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As any homeowner knows, water heaters can be a costly, but necessary investment. It is important to consider all of the factors before making your decision as this is the type of purchase you will have to live with for years to come!


What factors should you consider when researching a new water heater? It’s important to consider cost, efficiency, and longevity of your new water heater.

In addition to considering the longevity and efficiency of your new water heater, you must also decide between tankless water heaters and traditional or tank storage water heaters. But, what is the difference?



First of all, let’s talk about what tankless water heaters are. Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, use high-powered burners to rapidly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger and deliver it directly to your faucets or shower without storing it in a tank. Tankless water heaters are usually powered by electricity or gas.


While a traditional hot water heater stores the hot water within its tank so that it is ready and waiting the next time you need hot water.


In addition to the main difference of storing hot water, versus heating it on demand, tankless hot water heaters stand out because they are much more energy efficient.


It is important to note that purchasing a tankless water heater will cost you a bit more than a traditional storage tank water heater. However, tankless varieties las longer than conventional water heater models which translates to a 20+-year useful life, as compared to storage tank types which last only 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

So, while it may seem like you are saving money when you purchase a traditional hot water heater, in the long run, a tankless hot water heater is the sounder economic choice.


Here at Butler Plumbing, we specialize in installing Navien, Noritz, Rheem, Rinnia, and AO Smith tankless water heaters.


If you are not sure what water heater is better for your specific needs, give us a call and we would be more than happy to help you make an informed decision.

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