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Traditional VS Tankless Water Heaters: Which Is Better For Your Home?

When it comes to finding the right water heater for your home, you want to ensure you’ve made a sound investment. High-quality water heater installation isn’t cheap, but the right water heater can easily serve your home for 10 years or more — especially in the case of tankless water heaters.

At J.T. Plumbing Services, we help install hundreds of water heaters throughout Northern Colorado every year. One of the most common issues we help homeowners with is helping them to decide between tankless and traditional tank storage water heater options.

While we wish the answer was simple, the truth (with almost any plumbing issue) is that it depends on each homeowner’s needs, setup, and budget. However, there are some helpful things to think about before you choose to call a local plumber for water heater installation.

Below, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each type of water heater system so you can make an informed decision.

Tankless Water Heater Installation Pros

  • Tankless water heaters can last 20 to 30 years, almost twice as long as traditional storage tank options.

  • Tankless water heaters are generally more energy efficient, providing up to $100 in annual energy savings in the case of gas-fired options.

  • If you don’t like waiting for your water to heat up, tankless water heater installation will ensure you have a nearly endless supply of hot water on demand.

Tankless Water Heater Installation Cons

  • Tankless water heaters require a larger upfront investment. While most homeowners do end up saving over time, sometimes a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush and paying less upfront is the smarter option for many.

  • If your home is already set up for a storage tank water heater, the additional installation cost of a tankless model may not be worth the investment.

  • Some tankless models are unable to keep up if simultaneous appliances are attempting to draw hot water at the same time. (i.e. multiple people showering in different bathrooms)

Storage Tank Water Heater Installation Pros

  • Storage tank water heaters are cheaper to install.

  • If your system does experience problems, storage tank heaters generally feature lower repair costs.

  • Storage tank systems are better at handling demand from multiple hot water applications.

Storage Tank Water Heater Installation Cons

  • If space is a premium in your home, storage tank water heaters eat up a lot more of your floorplan.

  • You have a limited supply of hot water. Once that tank runs out, you’ll have to wait before you can enjoy a warm shower.

  • Shorter life span means you’ll be replacing a storage tank heater almost twice as often.

J.T. Plumbing Is Your Fort Collins Water Heater Installation Expert

As the costs of water heaters continue to rise, J.T. Plumbing Services is continuing to save local homeowners on water heater installation, while not sacrificing a lick of quality.

When you work with us, you’ll have a trusted local plumber who will help you make the best plumbing decisions for your home.

To start your hot water heater consultation, give us a call at 970-818-1613 or fill out our online contact form and one of our experts will reach out to you shortly.