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Conventional Vs. Tankless Water Heaters | Fort Worth Plumbers

Conventional Vs. Tankless Water Heaters | Fort Worth Plumbers

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One of the basic considerations when it comes to purchasing a water heater is its functional and operational nature based on its basic design. You can either choose a model with an inbuilt storage tank or one without. Each of these designs offers plenty of benefits and also limitations. While still focusing on their functional and operational nature, you can further classify or categorize water heaters according to the kind of energy that they use.

This is commonly referred to as the fuel type subcategories, most water heaters are either electric, gas, solar, or a hybrid. Again, the different fuel types come with different advantages and disadvantages. Due to space limitations, we will not be able to cover all these designs and functional variations. What we will do is look at the two main water heater designs — storage and tankless.

Conventional Storage Water Heaters

As the name implies, conventional storage water heaters have a storage tank or reservoir for containing water before and after heating. Water flows in and out of the tank via connecting pipes and heating is facilitated by either electricity, gas, or solar.

The Advantages of Conventional Storage Water Heaters

According to industry reports, conventional storage water heaters are the most popular hot water heater models across the United States. Their popularity are due to the following financial, functional, and operational benefits:

  • They are the cheaper and the most affordable hot water heaters.
  • They are very easy to install especially with the help of a professional Fort Worth plumber.
  • They are functionally reliable and dependable even for simultaneous hot water needs across the home.
  • With proper maintenance, conventional storage water heaters are very durable and can last a long time.

The Disadvantages of Conventional Storage Water Heaters

As mentioned above, all water heater models and designs offer the consumer various advantages and disadvantages. The major limitations of conventional storage water heaters are the following:

  • They are highly inefficient, due to standby heat loss in their tanks.
  • They require regular inspection and maintenance.
  • Compared to tankless models, conventional storage water heaters are very expensive to operate and maintain.


Tankless Water Heaters

Unlike the conventional storage models, tankless water heaters lack a water storage tank or reservoir. They use gas or electrical power to heat water instantaneously or on demand without the need to store any water.

The Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

The functional suitability of tankless water heaters depends on a number of factors, including the size of the heater, energy efficiency, operating and maintenance costs, fuel type and availability, and so on. Some of the benefits of acquiring, installing, and using tankless water heaters are as follows:

  • They are more energy efficient than conventional storage models.
  • They have lower operating costs and their replacement parts are tough and long-lasting.
  • Due to their simple design, tankless water heaters are quite small and hence require less installation space than conventional storage models.
  • They maintain constant hot water flow without getting exhausted.
  • Their cumulative energy savings are huge making them the cheaper model in the long-term.

The Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are not as popular as conventional storage models. The following limitations have helped undermine a quick adoption throughout the United States.

  • They are more expensive to purchase and install than conventional storage models.
  • More than one tankless water heater is needed to fully furnish simultaneous/multiple hot water consumption especially in large residential or commercial settings.
  • Their instantaneous water heating process requires a brief lag time to heat the water to the required temperature.
  • To enhance their functionality and energy efficiency, tankless water heaters need special and expensive maintenance.


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