The Differences Between Hot Water Tank and Tank Less Water Heater – Which One Is Right for You?
It is no secret that water heaters are costly investments. It’s important to consider their efficiency, cost and longevity, whether it’s for replacing an old model or equipping your new home.
At Drain Pro, we provide quality and reliable plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients in Victoria and surrounding localities. Our experienced team is specialized in hot water tanks, drain cleaning and other plumbing fixtures.
In this blog, we have put together a comparison of tank less water heaters and hot water tanks.
What Are Hot Water Tanks and Tank Less Water Heaters?
Most water heaters are insulated storage tanks that hold 20 to 120 gallons with either gas burners or electric heating elements. They segment hot water at the top and cold incoming water at the bottom, enabling you to consistently get hot water.
In tank less water heaters, high-powered burners are used to heat water as it moves through a heat exchanger. The water gets directly delivered to your shower without storage.
Factors to Consider Before Purchase
- Know your fuel source: The three main water heater fuel sources are electric, natural gas and propane gas. Determine the most efficient one for you before purchasing.
- How much hot water your household needs: It’s important to choose a water heater that provides enough for your whole household. An undersized one will need to work more than it needs to, which results in a shorter lifespan.
- The dimensions of your unit: It should have ½’’clearance on the sides, 18’’ off the floor and 12’’ on the front. While replacing, keep in mind that the new one may be larger and require more insulation to meet federal energy standards.
- Get the installation done by professionals: Installation of water heaters can be dangerous and it’s best to let professionals help. They will be equipped with the necessary skills and awareness of safety procedures.
Why Is Hot Water Tank Right for You?
Since a significant volume of water will be stored on the basis of stratification, hot water tanks can provide hot water for a complete household without needing fuel to heat the water.
Hot water tanks have relatively small burners and where a half-inch-diameter gas line is adequate. This means that the rate of combustion can be fairly modest, saving on fuel expenditure.
Electric tank less heaters large enough to serve a whole house needs a huge amount of current. The multiple breakers and wiring required in homes are highly expensive.
- Flow rates
Certain tank less water heaters have a flow rate as high as 0.6 gallon per minute, meaning they won’t function at lower flow rates.
Hot water tanks are simpler and easier to use than the tank less variety. This simplicity also results in easy and low-cost repairs.
Let Drain Pro Help
Many things could go wrong with a water heater. It could be a gas leak, water leaking from the tank, a non-functioning pilot light or more. Our experienced staff can aid in all kinds of repairs, replacements and installations for hot water tanks.