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by The Nashville Plumber on January 2, 2013

Nashville Tankless vs Tank Water Heaters

In these tough, economic times, any way to help the consumer save money is very welcomed, especially when it comes to utility bills. Saving money on water heating costs is a topic on almost everyone’s mind. Some consumers want an alternative to the conventional tank water heater by converting to the tankless water heater, believing it will help their energy costs go down. Let’s discuss the differences of tankless and tank water heaters.

Tankless water heaters heat up water without a storage tank. By directly heating the water using either a gas burner or electric heating element, tankless water heaters produce hot water on a steady, on demand level. What needs to be taken into consideration is the flow rate of tankless water heaters. Compared to tank water heaters, they only provide 4-5 gallons of water per minute, whereas conventional water heaters can store up to 80 gallons of hot water, depending on the size of the tank. If a large household has to use the shower and wash clothes at the same time, the tankless-type won’t have enough hot water stored to do both and will need to heat up more water.

The costs between the two types of water heaters also need to be reviewed. Tankless water heaters will help you save money, in the long run. Studies show that it can take up to 21 years before you can see any significant savings from using a tankless water heater instead of a tank-type, so it will be a long-term investment. In the meantime, the purchase of tankless-types can range from $650.00 to $2,000, depending on the size of the unit.

Considering the switch to a tankless water heater? Call your Nashville water heater specialists today at Green Hills Plumbing by dialingĀ (615) 866-1917.

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