As suppliers and installers of both traditional and tankless water heaters in Orange County, we’re often asked by customers about which option is best.
Water heaters are an essential item for any home. Like most appliances, the best option usually depends on several factors, ranging from your hot water consumption and requirements to your budget and expectations.
In this post, we’ll explain the key differences between regular water heaters and tankless water heaters, share the key advantages and disadvantages of each heating option, and discuss how you can get the best combination of results and value for money.
Let’s start with traditional tank-style water heaters, which are still the most common heaters in use across the country. Tank heaters have a large storage tank, with a heating element that’s designed to keep your hot water supply at a specific temperature based on your needs.
Although tank-style water heaters have a reputation for using large amounts of energy, modern tank heaters are usually energy efficient and are unlikely to result in hefty energy bills, provided you don’t use excessive amounts of hot water.
Tank-style heaters deliver instant hot water, since the water is already heated and available for your sink faucet, shower or bathtub.
Despite this advantage, tank-style water heaters also have several weaknesses. First, they’re limited by their total capacity. This means that if you overuse hot water — for example, you run several hot baths or several power have hot showers — the supply of hot water can run out.
When your tank heater runs out of water, it can take several hours for it to reach a reasonable temperature and provide more hot water.
This means that if you use a lot of hot water, or you have several roommates or family members that will all use the same supply of hot water, you’ll need to purchase a tank heater with a large capacity.
Tankless water heaters, also known as “on demand heaters,” are designed to heat your water when you need it. Instead of heating a large volume of water and holding it in a tank for a long period, tankless heaters instantly heat water to create hot water right when you need it.
Compared to traditional tank-style water heaters, on demand heaters have several benefits. The first is that you have an unlimited supply of hot water. If you have a long shower, there’s no risk of your hot water supply running out and turning cold due to an empty tank heater.
Tankless heaters are also more energy efficient, on average, than tank-style heaters. This type of heater is a great option if you’re concerned about your environmental impact, or if you’d just like to keep your energy bills as affordable as possible.
However, tankless water heaters also have several disadvantages. Because they heat water on demand using heating coils, there’s a limit to the amount of water they can heat at once.
This means that you generally can’t use a tankless heater to supply hot water to more than one appliance at once. If you need hot water for a shower, a dishwasher and a washing machine at the same time, a tankless water heater might not be able to keep up.
Of course, there are many different tankless heaters on the market, and not all of them have the same limitations. However, it’s important to be aware of this disadvantage if you’re looking for a water heater that can supply your entire home with hot water during busy periods.
Ultimately, the best type of water heater for you depends on your needs. If you need to supply more than one appliance with hot water at once, you’ll appreciate the large capacity of a tank water heater. If you want to enjoy endless hot showers, you’ll prefer a tankless water heater.
Are you interested in upgrading your hot water heater? Whether you’d like to switch to tankless or just need to replace your aging water heater, our experienced Irvine plumbing team can help you upgrade and update your home or building’s water heating system.
Contact us now from our website or call us on 714-252-6136 to speak to learn more about our products and services, get a no-obligation quote or schedule an appointment with our team.