Standard vs. Tankless Water Heaters

If you love taking a hot, steamy shower after a long day you’re going to need a water heater. An essential appliance that most people overlook, water heaters are something that we would be lost without. But, if you are looking to upgrade or replace your water filter you are probably facing the decision of standard vs. tankless. So, which do you choose?

Standard vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Standard water heaters operate by using a large water tank and heating coils.  Water enters the tank through cold water valves and is heated using a series of coils at the middle and bottom of the tank set by an internal thermometer. Then, the hot water is released through the hot water outlet.

Generally, standard water heaters cost anywhere from $300-$1000 depending on the size, model and features you desire. On average they last between 8-12 years.  Although standard water heaters are most common and extremely effective, there are dangers of explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning if your heater is fueled by gas.

Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are not quite as popular as standard water heaters but provide a few more perks. Because they do not have a holding tank, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water to the source.  Through direct piping and heated coils, water is pushed directly through them to meet your needs.

The main advantage of tankless water heaters is they only heat the water you need, which means you save money. However, the average price of a tankless water heater installation is roughly $3000.00.

Weighing your budget and desires you can determine whether or not a standard or tankless water heater meets your needs. Once you have made your decision, call Arctic Plumbing, HVAC and Electric to install it for you!

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