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Tankless Water Heaters: Are They Really the Better Choice?


Your older water heater likely cost extra to run at the end of its lifespan. Like many homeowners, you may be looking for a more energy-efficient choice for water heating, and you’ll likely find a lot of information about tankless water heaters in the process.

Tankless water heaters are quite efficient due to a difference in design from the conventional tank water heater. But does this really mean a tankless “on-demand” type water heater is the best option for your home? We explore this question below but be sure to call a local plumber to figure out what is best for your particular needs.

The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters have a unique design that allows them to heat up water only when you open up a hot water tap in your home. You turn on the hot water in the shower and only then does the water heater kick on.

The problem with a conventional water heater—the large tank water heater most homeowners have—is that it heats up water throughout the day and night. But you only need a little bit of hot water at a time throughout the day. As you can imagine, this wastes a lot of energy.

As a result, tankless water heaters cost less money to run. In fact, they have a lot going for them.

  • More efficient than tank water heaters.
  • Smaller size for added storage space in your home.
  • Won’t “run out” of hot water like a tank water heater can.

The Benefits of Conventional Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters certainly have their benefits. But that does not mean you should rule out tank water heaters. In fact, many homeowners prefer them. Tankless water heaters certainly cost less to operate. But it can take years for those lower operational costs to offset the cost of installation (although they will eventually).

Standard tank water heaters may not be the most efficient systems, but a new one will likely require less energy or fuel than an older, worn-down unit. When people choose tank water heater installation, their reasons are valid as well: it costs less upfront and always has a tank of hot water available.

Call Continental Plumbing Services, LLC to decide on your new water heater in New Port Richey, FL. We’re here to help!