When purchasing or replacing an existing water heater, chances are you could be looking to keep your present set up and upgrade to a newer model of a tank water heater or you could let go of your tankless inhibitions and go for a whole new approach in water heating. Whatever your choices may be, here are some of the facts about the water heater, tankless or tankful.
The Tankful Choice
The tank water heater has been the primary mode of heating water for decades now and this method of water heating has gone unchallenged, until now. How a storage tank water heater works is actually a simple enough process. Water in the storage tank is either heated by a pilot burner or an electrically heated element inside the tank, much like an electric thermos. This heated water can then be coursed to the different parts of the house through the water pipe system whenever someone turns on a tap or a shower. Although still an efficient enough way to heat water, some of the problems cited with these storage tank water heaters include the heated water limits, the heating delays and maintenance problems. These problems with old water heaters then prompted the creation of the tankless water heater.
The Tankless Advantage
When you talk about a compact and efficient water heater, tankless water heaters are it. They offer instantaneous hot water and are faster at providing hot water, if you compare them to their bulkier counterparts. They are space savers and come in a multitude of sizes, heating capacities and heating choices. The cons? They cost a hell of a lot more than your conventional storage tank water heater, but proponents for the tankless heating advantage state that maintenance costs for these tankless wonders are low enough as compared to maintenance costs of tank water heaters in the long run. They reason that the added cost upon purchase and installation is nothing compared to the cost of maintenance for the tank water heaters. With the favorable reputation that tankless heaters seem to be building with consumers, some big brand names like Bosch, have come up with their own water heater, tankless electric and gas models, for their loyal consumers.