What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

by McAtee LLC on May 9, 2014

Differences between a traditional water heater and tankless


Water Heater InstallationWhile owning your home, whenever you wanted hot water you always relied on your hot water heater. This hot water heater, which is located in either a utility room somewhere or in the basement, basically boils the water and then sends the water to the faucet requesting the water. For decade this has been the only real form of water heaters inside of a house.

While the overall efficiency has changed, there really has not been all than many improvements, at least until the tankless water heater. A tankless water heater is able to significantly improve many variations of the water heating process. Of course, all of this comes down to what kind of new water heater you want, as there are several differences that come up between the two kinds of equipment.

Cut Energy Costs

When you try to heat water with a traditional water heater, you simply boil the water in the tank and it is sent out to the given faucet. Of course, most of the time you are not going to use all of the water, which eventually results in the water sitting in the tank and cooling. This requires you to heat the water again, costing you more money to heat the same water twice. Other times, you might find that you need to take multiple showers, such as when you have several different people in your family getting ready in the morning. When this takes place, you can run out of hot water, which in turn forces you to wait for the water to heat up again. That is why a tankless water heater is helpful. The tankless water heater heats water as it passes through the system, so you never have to heat the water twice and you never are going to run out of hot water either.


The cost of the two kinds of water heaters is rather substantial. The hot water heater is often going to cost five to 10 times the price of the traditional water heater, although it usually makes up for this additional price in energy savings.

Looking into different water heaters for your Columbus property? Call McAtee LLC today at (614)252-9400 for a water heater installation!

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