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Tank Vs Tankless Water Heaters: Pros and Cons

If you want to install a new water heater in your home, you may be considering a tankless water heater instead of a more traditional tank system. If you’ve used both in the past, you may already have a preference for one over the other. But, if you are new to tankless water heaters, you may have some questions.

Both systems have a variety of benefits, but they also have their own unique downsides. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to water heaters. You have to make the decision that fits your family’s unique needs. If you are interested in the installation of a tankless water heater in Calgary, you can give our team a call for an assessment at your home. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of tank and tankless water heaters.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Water Heaters

Water heaters that have storage tanks usually range in size from 30-60 gallons. If you have more people in your household, you may want a larger storage tank. The benefits of a tank storage water heater include being able to use hot water from multiple sources at the same time. If you have a tank water heater, you can run the dishwasher, run your clothes washer, and take a shower all at the same time without losing water pressure. 

Keep in mind that the corresponding con to this is that at some point you may run out of hot water depending on how much water each of these tasks requires. When this happens, you have to wait for your tank to refill and reheat the water before you have hot water again. 

A traditional water heater that uses tank storage is usually less expensive to install compared to a tankless version. Plus, if your home already has a tank, installation is very simple. Our team just has to swap out the tank itself, along with any valves or connections that have aged too much to be used again. 

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

The greatest benefit of a tankless water heater is that you have a nearly endless supply of hot water. You can take a shower for as long as you want or run hot water appliances all day long back-to-back without running out of hot water.

The downside to this is that you cannot use hot water at too many sources at one time. If you do, you risk losing water pressure at each source. For example, if you are taking a shower and someone begins running the dishwasher, you may notice a decrease in water pressure for the remainder of your shower. 

Tankless water heaters can also be much more expensive upfront for installation. The trade-off is that you can save a lot on your monthly energy bills, especially if you have a gas-powered tankless water heater. Over the life of your tankless water heater, the savings could add up and balance out the extra money you spent initially. 

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