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Choosing Your Next Water Heater: Should You Go Tankless?

tankless water heaterHow many times a day do you think about your water heater? Chances are, your answer to that is zero, or at least not as many times as you actually use your water heater each day. But when it comes to servicing your water heater, particularly if it’s time to replace it, we urge you to think very carefully about this appliance.

If you need a new water heater—whether it is a replacement or it’s for a brand new home—we are the team to call. You’ll be put in touch with a highly experienced and well trained Land O’ Lakes, FL plumber who has the knowledge needed to help you make an educated decision about what type of water heater to have put in, as well as the size and other factors you’ll want to consider.

The Difference Between Tank and Tankless

One of the choices you’ll face when having a new water heater installed is whether you want a tank or tankless system. As the name implies, tank water heaters store hot water in a tank, but tankless water heaters do not.

On the surface, this seems like a pretty clear-cut example of what makes them different from each other. However, whether a tankless water heater is right for your home depends on a number of factors.

Tank Systems are still the most popular ones on the market today. These can come as gas-powered systems or electric-powered systems, and they’re on the more affordable side to purchase, particularly when compared to tankless systems. So doesn’t this mean tank systems are better? Well, not necessarily.

Tankless Water Heaters are more expensive upfront, true. However, they’re also more efficient than the average tank water heater. This is because tank water heaters, no matter how well they’re insulated, suffer from standby energy loss. We’re talking about when heat from the water within the tank transfers through the tank and out into the cooler air surrounding it.

Therefore, over time, tankless water heaters are more affordable because they run more efficiently. Of course, this can only be the case so long as it is professionally installed, routinely maintained, and followed up with prompt repairs when necessary.

When a Tank Water Heater Is the Better Choice

Tankless water heaters can sometimes be overwhelmed in homes where there is a frequent high demand on the system. Such as when the washing machine, dishwasher, and shower are all running at once.

It’s also imperative that you keep up on maintenance for whatever water heater you choose. This is especially important for tank water heaters, which have an anode rod in them to absorb rust that would otherwise eat away at the lining of the tank. At the end of the day, you’ll do well to do thorough research and talk to an experienced plumber, in order to make an educated decision about what water heater is best for you.

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our water heater installations! For quality plumbing services, contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling today.

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