Should You Convert From A Tank Water Heater To Tankless?

Your tankless water heater might have come with instructions, carefully follow and/or review them.

First thing’s first, if you have an inkling that your water heater needs replacing (which might be why you’ve considered researching your options) CLICK HERE to find out for yourself! Once you’ve figured that out you can discover if you should replace with tankless or tank. Major differences in the two types of water heaters is that tankless rely on the glass-lined steel vessels. Tankless have a water supply pipe and a hot-water delivery pipe. The water travels first into the unit, where is is heated, then out the delivery pipe to your shower, washer, or faucet! There is no water storage in this system, which can help save energy because you don’t have to reheat what would’ve already been stored in the tank. But this does slightly limit the output of the flow rate. On the other hand whereas tank type water moves through the unit through a water supply pipe using gas or electricity to generate its power. Then the water sits in the tank until the heating element raises it to temperature to then flow out for your usage. A huge downfall is that as you use the hot water the tank is filled with cooler water to keep the water flowing which then lowers your average temperature. The following are reasons why tankless water heaters might be a better idea for your home then the tank type:

  • Tankless water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters
  • Tankless units can produce anywhere from 2-7 gallons of water per minute
  • Tank water heaters have a life expectancy of 8-12 years, where tankless have an estimated 20
  • They are very much smaller and are mounted on the wall taking up about 5’ of space
  • No rust or corrosion of your water heater!

 California Plumbing SD can help you with all your water heater needs, so call us today and we can answer any questions you might have!

*This blog is for general understanding and educational purposes only and should not be used in place of professional advice. Please contact a professional at California Plumbing SD for a consultation.


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