Water Heaters: Traditional or Tankless

Water Heaters: Traditional or Tankless


Water heaters are an integral part of every home. From hot baths and showers to washing dishes and household cleaning, it is necessary to have hot water on demand on a daily basis.

If you are in the market for a new water heater, you may be wondering if a tankless model is the way to go. They have become very popular, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right choice for you. Keep reading to learn more about some of the similarities and differences between the types of water heaters. 

How They Operate

A traditional water heater provides hot water when you need it by storing and pre-heating water. Most people opt for a 30 to 50-gallon tank, but larger or smaller ones are available. The hot water is ready when the hot water at the sink or tub is turned on, and once it has been used, the water heater fills and heats more water for use in the future.

A tankless water heater is different in the fact that it does not store and pre-heat water, but instead, it heats water as it is needed, hence the reason a tank is not required.

Energy Efficiency

Both styles of water heaters use either gas or electricity to heat water, but a traditional water heater tends to use more energy since it always keeps water hot. Since you cannot control when the water is heated, you are paying for hot water, even when you are not using it.

A tankless water heater is touted by the US Department of Energy as being 25 to 35 percent more energy efficient than a traditional water heater and can result in a lifetime of savings on your utility bill.


When it comes to the initial setup, traditional water heaters are much less expensive.

A tankless water heater costs about $2,000 and could be more depending on several things, such as if it will run on gas or electricity and the size of the unit.

The professionals at S & D Plumbing are here to assist you no matter which option you choose, and are also available to help you make a decision. No matter what, S & D Plumbing is the way to go for your water heater installation. Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about our company and the services we offer.

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