Traditional or Tankless? Which Type of Water Heater is Best for You?

One of the most common questions that our professional water heater service techs get asked is: “Traditional or tankless? Which type of water heater is best for me?” Well, to answer that question, we’ll first have to explore what each type of water heater is. Then, we’ll dive into which type is best for a variety of different situations. Let’s get started!

What are Traditional Water Heaters?

Traditional water heaters are, by far, the most common type of water heater around. They heat water using natural gas, propane, or electricity. Then, they store that heated water in a storage tank for later use. Another name for traditional water heaters is “tanked water heaters”. Traditional water heaters come in a variety of sizes depending on how much hot water you use every day. You can even get traditional water heaters with capacities over 120 gallons!

Which Situations are Traditional Water Heaters Best For?

Since you can purchase traditional water heaters in capacities upwards of 120 gallons, a traditional water heater is always a good choice regardless of your situation. And, if 120 gallons is still too little hot water for your needs, then you can always install more than one traditional water heater at your home or business. Generally, a good rule of thumb is this: if you use more than 40 gallons of hot water every day, then a traditional water heater is the better choice.

What are Tankless Water Heaters?

In short, tankless water heaters are exactly what they sound like: water heaters that don’t store hot water in a tank for later use. They also use propane, natural gas, or electricity to heat water, but they do so instantaneously. In fact, tankless water heaters are also referred to as “on-demand water heaters.” Just like traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters come in a variety of sizes and efficiencies. But, tankless water heater capacity rates are different than traditional heaters. For example, tankless water heaters list capacity as a flow rate in gallons per minute instead of the capacity of the storage tank.

Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?

Since tankless water heaters don’t come in the large capacities that traditional ones do, they aren’t good for every home or business. Basically, if you use more than 40 gallons of hot water every day, then a tankless water heater (of any capacity) will have a difficult time keeping up. Also, if you have more than one or two people taking showers or using hot water at a single time, then a traditional water heater is a better choice.

Contact Our Team of Water Heater Experts for Assistance Today!

Need help picking out your next water heater? Has your current heater need repair or replacement work? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Contact the United Plumbing Heating Air & Electric team of water heater experts for fast and reliable assistance today!