Let’s get the answer to the question posed in the title of this blog right out into the open—we’re not sure. Now, we can certainly discuss the pros and cons of each system, which we’ll do below, but we cannot give you a definitive answer as to which is best-suited to your home and your needs without knowing a bit more about your home and your needs. That is why we encourage homeowners thinking about a water heater installation or replacement in Torrance, CA to contact The Sunny Plumber SoCal directly.
Our bright and shiny plumbing professionals have plenty of experience with both tank and tankless water heaters, and we’ve got the answers to virtually any questions that you may ask. So read on, consider your hot water usage as relates to the following points, and keep our number handy. When you work with the professionals on our team, you can count on getting the right water heater installed for your home, and in the right way!
The Cost Question
When you are investing in any new appliance for your home, be it a water heater or a dishwasher, you should definitely have a budget in mind. However, the cost of a new system should not be your only deciding factor. No, you should not spend more money than you can comfortably afford on your new system. However, you also shouldn’t rule out any given system just because it is more expensive than an available alternative.
Case in point: the tankless water heater. Yes, these systems are more expensive than tank models. No, that does not make them a rip-off. Tankless water heaters last longer than tank models—very substantially so, with lifespans of up to 20+ years!—and they eliminate the risk of standby energy loss. This means that you get a long lasting system boasting great energy efficiency, and that can save you money in the long run.
The Usage Question
Okay, I’ll be in this house for the foreseeable future, so I’ll go with a tankless model. Thanks for the tip! Not so fast, there. Yes, tankless water heaters are a great fit for many homes and homeowners. However, they are not ideal for every situation. If any water heater were, then that would be the only option, right?
The fact is that, great as tankless water heaters can be in many situations, they are also more easily overwhelmed in times of heavy use than an appropriately sized and expertly installed tank water heater would be. If you have a large family, for instance, and frequently have cause to use the washing machine and your dishwasher while the kids also need to take showers, then having the right amount of hot water on standby may be the better option for you.
Have Questions? We Have Answers!
There are a lot of great water heaters on the market, both tank and tankless models. If you are struggling to decide which is right for you, don’t just roll the dice! This is a big investment, and it is definitely one that you want to get right the first time around. Contact us for the guidance and services that you need.
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