When it is time to invest in a new water heater for your home, it is not a decision to make lightly. They are an investment and one that, if properly maintained and taken care of, can last for many years. The longevity of the hot water heater is why it is important to consider the difference between the water heaters available to you, and ensure you are installing the right one for your home.
There are two main types of water heaters: conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters. The difference lies in whether the heater itself stores the water.
Conventional Water Heaters
Conventional, or traditional, water heaters are what are most commonly found in most homes. A conventional water heater is composed of an insulated tank which typically holds 30-50 gallons of water and heats and stores the water as needed. The water flows out of the tank through a pipe at the top and is delivered through the plumbing system to the destination it is needed – the bathroom, kitchen, or another faucet in the home.
Conventional water heater installations are most common due to their lower initial cost to purchase and install, and in the event of repairs and maintenance, they are much simpler and cheaper to repair. The main drawback of conventional water heaters is that they typically need to be replaced more often, lasting about 10-15 years.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heater installations are seen less frequently, only in homes that use less than 41 gallons of hot water per day. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than conventional water heaters but often have a longer lifespan. While conventional water heaters can last anywhere from 10-15 years, tankless water heaters often last more than 20 years and provide an energy savings of 27-50% depending on the number of tankless water heaters in a home and the frequency with which you use water.
The main drawbacks of tankless water heaters are that they are a high-cost up front. While they are an investment and last longer than conventional water heaters, they are more expensive to purchase and install. For tankless water heater service, from routine maintenance to repairs or replacements, it can also be very costly due to the complex nature of the heaters.
The Water Heater Installation For You
The type of water heater installation you choose is up to you and what best fits the needs of your home. Regardless of the option you choose, be sure to have it installed by a trusted Niagara plumbing expert. To book a water heater installation, call Wellbrook Plumbing at 289-686-4695 or click below.