If it’s time to replace the hot water tank in your Kansas City home, you may be wondering whether you should go the traditional route, or consider a tankless water heater. At Schomburg Heating & Cooling, we know there are advantages and disadvantages to both. We though you might appreciate a little education on the subject to help you make an informed decision.

What are the differences between a hot water tank and a tankless water heater? Obviously, there is no tank with the tankless variety. Basically, a traditional hot water tank stores between 30 and 50 gallons of water, depending on its size. It preheats the water so that you have hot water when it comes time to shower, do laundry, or run the dishwasher. With a tankless water heater, cool water is warmed up “on demand,” either by an electric or gas source. While you don’t have hot water immediately, you do have it available in just seconds – versus having to wait for 20 to 30 minutes for the water in a tank to heat up when the supply is depleted.

With a traditional water heater, the initial cost is lower, and when your hot water tank goes out, replacement is fairly inexpensive. However, utility costs are higher and the life span of a traditional water heater shorter. You should also consider the space it takes up, and the fact that you can run out of hot water.

Now let’s talk about tankless water heaters. While they do cost more to install initially, you have hot water available on demand, and never have to worry about running out. Most tankless models provide up to three gallons per minute of hot water, and the lifespan of this type of water heater is substantially longer, usually 20 or more years. The biggest benefit for most Kansas City homeowners of a tankless water heater other than never running out of hot water is the energy savings, which can be as much as 34% for families who typically use about 40 gallons or less per day, according to Energy.gov.

Which is best for your situation? The decision to have a traditional hot water tank installed when yours goes on the blink depends on your own personal situation, including size of family, budget, and other factors. If money is tight and you need the problem resolved immediately, it may be best to go with a traditional water heater. However, if the initial costs are no big deal, a tankless water heater may be the better option, particularly if you have a large family and tend to use a lot of hot water. No more running out of hot water (even when you’re last in line to shower), and lower utility bills!

To learn more about water heating options and which may be best for your situation, give the Kansas City heating and cooling professionals at Schomburg Heating & Cooling a call today. Our job isn’t just to install a new water heater – it’s to help educate you about the options, and make the right choice for your family.