New technology is always exciting and gets a lot of attention, but for some homes and living situations, it’s not necessarily better than the tried-and-true conventional option. One case in point is the plethora of tankless water heater systems versus conventional storage tank water heaters. When you replace your water heater, consider the following arguments in favor of a storage tank water heater before you make a decision:
More affordable. Unless you have a large budget upfront, storage tank water heaters are a more attractive option. They cost less to purchase, but you also don’t have to worry about any special installation work, if your home currently has the same type of water heater. For instance, replacing a gas storage tank water heater with another gas water heater should be a quick and easy installation for a professional.
Holds large volume. Some households need a substantial amount of water to fulfill various demands, ranging from showers to dishwashing to clothes washing. If sized properly for your home, storage tank water heaters can handle whatever demand you put on them, because they can hold anywhere from 20 to 120 gallons.
As many outlets as you want. While tankless heaters are constrained with the amount of faucets they can supply water to, a storage tank heater faces no such challenge. Since it holds so much water, a tank heater can deliver water to any room in your home.
A consistent flow rate. Owing once again to its large storage capacity (if sized correctly), a storage tank water heater can deliver a consistent flow rate in almost any scenario. Tankless options, on the other hand, struggle if multiple faucets demand a substantial amount of hot water at the same time.
Easy to maintain. An often-overlooked factor is how easy it is to maintain and fix a water heater. Storage tank water heaters are relatively simple to access and main components easy to examine to see if something is malfunctioning. Compare this to a tankless water heater, installed out of the way in a cabinet or shelf that’s hard to inspect and reach.
The best water heater for your Fresno area home will depend on your exact home situation. Consider the aforementioned strengths of storage tank water heaters and contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning for additional expert help.
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