Tankless Water Heaters VS Traditional

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Are you considering an upgraded water heater? The right water heater can meet your household’s water consumption needs and save you money in the long run. The first big decision is whether you want a tank or tankless style water heater. Here’s what you need to know:

Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters are the traditional wall- or floor-mounted unit. They vary widely in capacity, price and energy rating, so be sure to shop around and ask questions to get the right model for your household. Some things to consider are:


Prices start at around $350 for a very small capacity unit and on average run around $900 for a standard 40-50 gallon tank. Remember to include any installation and delivery fees into your budget.


Traditional water heaters can last for up to 15 years.


  • Affordable initial cost
  • Easy to install
  • Available in many styles and sizes


  • Constantly heats water, wasting energy and costing more to operate
  • Takes up more space
  • Can run empty with heavy use, requiring waiting for the fresh water to heat up again

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are small wall-mounted units that heat up the water only when it passes through them. This can mean significant savings in the long term, but they come with a number of drawbacks.


Prices typically range from $500-$3000, not including installation.


Tankless water heaters can last 20+ years.


  • Much more energy efficient than large tank water heaters
  • Features a smaller, streamlined design that doesn’t take up floor space
  • Longer lifespan and less maintenance


  • Higher initial fees
  • Requires professional installation
  • Limited capacity and can’t supply hot water throughout the whole house

Choose the Right Plumber For the Job

Purchasing a new water heater is a major household investment. You want to be sure that you’re not only choosing the right model, but that it’s installed correctly the first time. If you need a Bellingham, Massachusetts plumber, contact us today.

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