Whenever you’re considering replacing a major home appliance, it’s worth the time and effort to consider what new options may have come to market since the last one was installed. With water heaters, it often comes to the two main options available today: tankless water heaters or tank water heaters. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to carefully identify your specific needs.
First, consider if your current water heater is gas or electric. While both sources of heat can be used in tankless water heaters or tank water heaters, a heavier power source or higher-flow gas line might be needed in order to best operate a tankless model.
The second major consideration is the space. Tankless water heaters require a smaller footprint and can be located in areas a tank water heater might not fit well or at all. If your space for a water heater is extremely small, this might make sense for you.
The third major consideration should be the demands you have. Depending on the size of the building and number of people needing hot water, a tank water heater has a reserve, but tankless water heaters are built to avoid storing hot water and allowing that heat to slowly radiate out and away. If you’re unlikely to run the dishwasher, do a batch of laundry, and take a shower at the same time, a tank water heater should keep the water hot for your needs.
For all your hot water heater needs, call Minyard Plumbing, Inc. We’re a fully licensed and insured plumbing firm specializing in residential plumbing and water heater repair and replacement.