As real estate aficionados, we're constantly rubbing shoulders with industry experts who are a treasure trove of wisdom and know-how. We decided to pick their brains, throw some commonly asked questions their way, and get all deets to share with all of you. So, get ready for some behind-the-scenes peeks and pro tips!
When it’s time to replace your water heater or install one in your new home, the first question you may consider is whether to stay with the traditional storage tank water heater or move to a tankless heater. As with any major equipment decision, there are pros and cons to each choice.
As full service residential plumbing experts, Boone Creek Plumbing has been serving clients with their expertise in plumbing services, home improvements and repairs since 1989. Their website proudly states they “hold ourselves to a higher standard than most with quality, integrity and transparency at the forefront of our beliefs.” From home repairs such as drain cleaning, water heater replacements and leaky faucets to commercial under slab leak repair, water and sewer line breaks and water filtration systems, technicians are licensed, insured and experienced. The home office is in Bon Aqua, TN but Shawn who we interviewed lives here locally.
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A storage tank water heater keeps the temperature in the tank at a set point by heating the tank multiple times a day. The tankless water heater heats the water as needed.
The short answer is yes. The cost difference is of a tankless water heater installation is about double the price.
Yes, the biggest difference is the type of fuel used to heat the water- natural gas, propane or electric.
Additionally, Shawn does not recommend electric as in his experience they have been found to be less reliable and are more expensive to run due to the cost of electricity.
The delivery of hot water from both tankless and tank water heaters is the same, as they both require the same distance to the fixture. A recirculation pump or the location of the heater in the home is the only way to affect the speed of delivery.
Gas heat is a more efficient heating source. The cost efficiency of a gas vs electric is large. Gas is preferred as electric requires more power.
Depending on the size of the heater the space needed for a traditional tank water heater is 21” wide by up to approx. 64” tall. The tank water heaters do not need extra space on the sides as the fuel vents through the roof. A tankless water heater is approx. 17” wide by 32” long- this includes the service valves. It is required to have at least 6” on either side of the tankless water heater to leave room for combustible air.
Yes, there is a significant cost difference between the two heaters. This can vary based on the vendor and the plumber that installs it. Installed, a tankless water heater’s average cost is about 75% more than a standard tank water heater.
The two major challenges with installing a tankless water heater are whether the fuel source available at the home is sufficient to fuel the tankless water heater and is there an ability to penetrate the wall/roof of the residence for the two ventilations that a gas tankless water heater requires.
Neither tank or tankless water heaters require a filtration system. Depending on your homes specific needs it is best to check with the heater manufacturer for any additional equipment needed. If you are concerned about the hard water in your area, we recommend looking into a thorough water quality testing for your home.
If a recirculation pump is installed with the heater, there will be constant hot water when the pump is on. However, a tankless heater by itself will not have constant hot water, it will heat like a standard tank heater.
Both heaters can create a leak. The only difference between the damages is when you isolate the water service (turn off water to the heater), the tankless water heater will stop immediately. While the storage tank water heater will have to drain down completely due to the water stored in the tank.
The most common water heater calls we receive are no hot water, the duration of hot water, and speed of hot water to the fixture. Best thing to do is to have your water heater (tank or tankless) serviced yearly.
Fun fact: Water heaters are sized by how many people are living in the home and using the hot water, not the square ft of the house. 🏡
Well there you have it!! Big thanks for Shawn & service coordinator Lorrie. Essential tips for now or in the future. Feel free to share this page with family & friends as we know it is valuable information that everyone who owns a home (or is thinking about buying a home) should know! 🏡 💡