Expert Advice: Which is Better, Tankless or Traditional Water Heaters?

December 23, 2015/ 0

For decades, plumbers routinely installed only one type of water heater. In recent years, the newer tankless style water heater has become increasingly popular. There are a number of differences between the different types of water heaters on the market. For your convenience, our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers have outlined some helpful considerations for individual consumers to weigh upon when selecting a water heater.

Purchase Price
Tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional water heaters. Though costs vary greatly between different models, a tankless heater generally costs about twice as much as a traditional water heater. For those with a more modest budget, a traditional water heater might be the best choice.

Installation
Traditional water heaters are typically quick to install. Since most homes are already equipped for a traditional water heater, a new one can be easily installed by removing the old piece of equipment and replacing with a new one.
In contrast, installation of a tankless water heater usually takes longer than that of the traditional variety. Often times, you will need an experienced Orange County or Los Angeles plumber to move water, gas, or electrical to accommodate the tankless heater entail greater complexity and time..

Energy Use
Our experienced Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers know that tankless heaters will use much less energy than traditional water heaters. A traditional water heater continuously heats water throughout the day, whether the water is being used or not. Conversely, a tankless heater only operates when the water is needed.

Because tankless heaters use less energy, they are less expensive to operate. Thus, over time, tankless water heaters will save money due to energy conserved.

If you are in the market for a water heater, a professional Orange County or Los Angeles plumber at Jack Stephan Plumbing can help you to decide which type of heater will best suit your needs and lifestyle. We have been providing expert plumbing services for 70 years, and have the knowledge and experience to get the job done right.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an expert Orange County or Los Angeles plumber, please give us a call at 1 (800) 464-7586.

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