Should You Buy A Tanked Or Tankless Water Heater?
If you’re a Chicago homeowner or residential property owner then chances are you’re going to be shopping for a hot water heater at some point. They’re not designed to last forever, after all, so it’s only logical that you’re going to need to know what to look for and which design will work best for your home’s specific needs. That’s where the expert plumbers from Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer can come in handy. We’re always available to assist with choosing the right make and model and will gladly answer all your questions about tanked vs. tankless water heaters.
But to make it even easier for our website visitors – whether they become customers of Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer or not – we decided to share some of our professional opinions about the two types of water heaters so you can have a general idea of the pros and cons of each. Let’s start with tankless innovation and move to storage tank water heaters afterward. Again, if you’d rather skip the reading and talk to a real plumber all you have to do is call (773) 633-6139 to start a conversation.
Tankless Hot Water Heater: Plumber Pros & Cons
First and foremost, tankless water heaters as a group tend to cost more than their storage tank water heater counterparts. It’s a function of the technology involved so you won’t be able to find a unit that operates efficiently and up to specifications without the cost attached. However, this upfront cost difference is actually made up by the tankless water heater unit through operation. See, tankless water heaters are, by and large, far more efficient than traditional storage tank models. They also take up far less space in your home.
Numerous studies have been done showing that a tankless hot water heater – especially when used as it would be in your Chicago home – can actually pay for itself after a long enough timeframe. There’s also replacement to consider. When that day actually comes, you can depend on it costing less to replace a tankless water heater than a tanked model because labor costs alone are far higher when moving a large unit compared to a small one.
The biggest downside to a tankless hot water heater comes from its design. It does not have a storage tank so water must be heated as it passes through the unit. Many brands can do this successfully but some may struggle during winters when the water from the plumbing system may be colder than the unit’s capabilities to heat. It will impact high-quantity water users more than others but it will be noticeable at times.
Storage Tank Water Heater: Plumber Pros & Cons
Most homeowners have a traditional hot water heater in a closet in their home. Most are familiar with their operation and limitations, though perhaps not with the maintenance required to keep one in operation for a decade or more. So, it’s pretty obvious what the pros are when it comes to owning a storage tank water heater in Chicago as everyone probably has at one point or another. Instead, we’ll focus on what their downsides can be when compared to a tankless water heater model. These include:
- Large Space Requirement
- Storage Tank Flushing Requirements
- Older Models Feature Noisy Operation
The Verdict: A Vanguard Plumber’s Perspective
When it comes to deciding which water heater make and model to install in your Chicago home there’s one factor above all others that should play a role in your decision-making – retrofit or not. If you’re replacing a tankless model then go with another tankless. If you have a traditional storage tank water heater go with another one. It’s simple math. Retrofitting the water heater space and plumbing can be expensive – even with Vanguard on the job. Yet, if you’re remodeling or building new then tankless is just a better option in ever measurable way unless there’s a serious problem with hard water.
Get Professional Help Choosing A Hot Water Heater
Give Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer a call any time you want to talk about a new hot water heater for your Chicago home. We may not have the lowest price but we’re guarantee the best service. That’s what a 100% satisfaction guarantee means after all and it’s why you should call (773) 633-6139 today!
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