Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

Homeowners face a number of issues involving the everyday maintenance and upkeep of their home including furnishings and appliances. One of the more necessary appliances is the water heater. We use these every day for tasks such as showering, washing our hands, doing the dishes and laundry. Would we even know how to live in this modern society without a functioning water heater?

The next time you are in the market for a new water heater, check back to this blog post to remind yourself of the factors you need to keep in mind while making this purchase.

Traditional vs. Tankless

There are two major types of water heaters, the traditional water heater which includes a tank and the tankless water heater. Up until the late 1900s, traditional water heaters ruled the residential world. Tankless water heaters simply were not efficient enough when it came to heating water on demand. However, nowadays with the advancements in technology tankless water heaters have become a more viable option.

Some of the benefits of a tankless water heater include the fact that they take up much less space than the traditional water heater. Because traditional water heaters have tanks that they store the water in they are much more intrusive on your home and depending on the size of your family or number of people in your home at once, you may need a larger tank.

Tankless water heaters have the benefit of heating water on demand rather than heating it all at once and then storing it until you use it. Therefore, they require a tiny space within your home.


According to the United States Department of Energy, for homes that use 40 gallons of water or less, a tankless water heater could be up to 34% more efficient than a conventional water heater. Additionally, Energy Star estimates that an average sized household can save around $100 per year with an Energy Star qualified tankless water heater.

On the downside, tankless water heaters typically cost more regarding the sale price of the unit and the installation, but your savings could be worth it in the end.

Power Source

Drawbacks in the tankless water heater may be significant based on how the home is powered. Electric units require a specified allotment of voltage and amperage to work properly and could require you to hire a professional to rewire your house. Rewiring to accommodate an electrically powered water heater can get expensive, especially depending on where you will have to be doing this in your home.

The US Department of Energy asserts that electric-powered tankless water heaters save can save homeowners around $45 annually in energy costs, whereas gas-fired units save around $108 annually.

How We Can Help

Deciding between a traditional water heater and a tankless one is pretty tricky. There are so many options to choose from and many factors to take into consideration.

For help in making this decision feel free to contact our water heater experts at High 5 Plumbing. We are a full-service Denver plumbing company which means that we can not only help you decide which water heater is best for you, but we can install it and then come back year after year for any maintenance and repairs that it requires.

We are more than happy to help you make this decision and assist you with any other plumbing needs you have right now or in the future! Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about our company and our services.


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