Water HeaterAre Traditional Tank Water Heaters a Thing of the Past?

The short answer to the question posed above is simple: no. When many people envision a water heater, they think of tank models, which store a reserve of hot water in the tank sot that it is ready to go at a moment’s notice. While it is true that there are newer technologies available, and that these newer technologies may offer some benefits that tank models cannot, the fact is that all of these different options are just that: options. As to which option is best for any given homeowner, that all depends on a number of different factors. If you are in need of a new water heater in North Seattle, give G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. a call to discuss available makes and models. 

Pros of Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters are far from outdated or archaic, and have a number of great benefits to consider before investing in your new water heater. First and foremost is the dependability that such water heaters have to offer. Stored in their tanks may be anywhere from 30-60 gallons of water, which means that there is little worry of running out, even when using hot water fro various tasks simultaneously. They are cheaper to purchase and/or replace than tankless water heaters, and are also less complicated to install. By investing in an efficient tank water heater, or even adding insulation to your water heater tank, you can further boost the affordability with which such systems operate.

Cons of Tank Water Heaters

Like any other appliance which has its pros, a tank water heater will also have its cons. Standby energy loss is a major factor to consider. It is inevitable that some of the thermal energy within the hot water stored in the tank will transfer outwards, requiring your water heater to adjust the temperature of the water further. This problem is eliminated in tankless models. They also take up a fair amount of space, and may have shorter lifespans than tankless models. Ultimately, it is up to you to weigh the pros and cons of different systems before determining which is right for your home. Contact us for the expert advice you need to make that decision wisely.


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