by The Nashville Plumber on May 9, 2014

Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters


An important aspect of maintaining a home is making sure the utilities such as water and heating are in proper working condition. For homeowners, having hot water is a priority but there are some differences in the way it can be done, meaning between having traditional and tankless water heaters.

The first and main difference between a traditional and a tankless water heater is that a traditional heater can store a large amount of water inside at any time, up to fifty gallons. The water inside it is already preheated for home usage such as for a shower or casual use at a sink, but gets refilled and reheated from a water source after it’s been used. A tankless heater, on the other hand, will only heat the water that is being used at the time, meaning there is less energy being used altogether.

A traditional heater will end up using a lot more energy to keep all the water heated, but at the same time will work more consistently and effectively over time. A tankless water heater won’t use as much energy but won’t be able to give off much output in a home where there is more than one appliance being used at once. So in a home with one to two people in it, a tankless heater would be better since fewer people are around to use all of the hot water.

Another difference between the two water heater types can be found in the finances surrounding them. A traditional heater usually doesn’t cost as much money to get and can be replaced without spending a lot of money, either should it fall into disarray. At the same time, they usually last only for 10 to 15 years and tend to be very big and bulky, so they take up space. Compared to a tankless heater, which can last for over 20 years, saves money on bills and is smaller overall, but can be incredibly expensive to install.

There are multiple difference between a traditional and a tankless water heater, but those differences can affect an efficient household.

Looking into different water heaters for your Nashville property? Call Green Hills today at (615) 866-1917 for a water heater installation! 

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