Tank Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Are you in need of a new water heater for your Buffalo home? You may be familiar with tank water heaters and tankless water heaters, but unsure of the differences. The tank itself is what distinguishes these two types of heaters. Here’s a breakdown of each type of water heater and what you need to know before choosing one:

Tank Water Heaters

A tank water heater stores hot water in a cylinder storage tank and can only function when heat rises. The tank is connected to a cold water supply, and when the cold water enters the storage tank, the water heats up and rises to the top of your tank, flowing into your sink, shower, or tub. There are several advantages of tank water heaters which can be appealing to many homeowners. Tank water heater units are typically less expensive and cost less to operate and repair. They also have the capacity to heat larger amounts of water at once, making them preferable for households with many family members.

Tankless Water Heaters 

Tankless water heaters come as both point-of-use heaters (smaller units for one area of the home) and whole-house heaters (larger units designed to provide hot water to multiple areas of the home). Tankless water heaters do not store hot water in a storage tank, making then an energy-efficient option for homeowners looking to cut down on heating costs. Advantages of tankless water heaters include increased efficiency; longer lifespan; and reduced leakage problems. Additionally, tankless water heaters take up less space than traditional tank water heaters.

If you’re still deciding on the best water heater for your home, contact a reputable plumbing company to have all your questions answered!

At The Plumber, Heating and Cooling in Buffalo, NY, our water heater installation experts install both tank and tankless water heaters. Call us today and we’ll be happy to discuss your water heater options in detail.

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