Tank or Tankless: The Best Water Heater for You

Are you at the point of flipping a coin while trying to decide between a tank-based water heater or tankless? The experts at Turbo Plumbing Pros has compiled some basic and advanced pointers to help make your decision easier.

When deciding on which brand to go with, we would like to suggest one of the most reliable brands, Rinnai, which offers a wide range of models based on each consumer’s needs. This line includes high efficiency, super high-efficiency, and the tank/tankless hybrid models.

Tank or Tankless?

The difference between tank-based and tankless models is basically, instead of storing water like
a tank-based system, Rinnai’s tankless products heat the water as it flows through the system’s inlet pipe. Since they don’t store water, tankless water heaters are much smaller than their tank-based counterparts--roughly, the size of airplane luggage. Our customers who chose the tankless options love the endless hot water and the added bonus of extra freed-up space in their
homes.

Benefits of Rinnai Tankless Water Heater Units

Another added benefit is the long term cost effectiveness which give families, the luxury of endless hot water paired with utility bill-friendly prices. This is due to the innovative and efficient design in tankless water heaters. The unit only draws power while it is dispensing hot water. Once the flow or demand of hot water stops, Rinnai units extinguish their heating mechanism and shut down, thereby, eliminating excessive and costly energy use. While energy usage depends on how much the unit itself is used, the Rinnai brand of tankless water heaters use up to 40% less energy than a tank-based water heater.

Don’t Forget About Tank Water Heaters!

While the idea of endless hot water may be a pleasant one, it should be noted that tankless water heaters can be significantly more costly at the onset, than the traditional tank-based setup. Thanks to improved industry standards with tank water heaters, using this method to heat your home’s water now has less of an impact on your energy bill than ever before! Another benefit when using tank water heaters is if there are any maintenance issues, the repairs are significantly less expensive than in previous years. 

Alas, improved energy standards and better technology contributes greatly to these more efficient tank-based units. Therefore, choosing between the two systems often comes down to preference. Another consideration has to do with the weather. Tankless water heaters can sometimes freeze in frigid temperatures, and while Kentucky is not considered a cold-weather state, our winters can produce some pretty frigid temperatures based on the severity of the season. 

The Turbo Plumbing Pros Are Here To Help With Central Kentucky Water Heating Needs!

If you would like to discuss which option of tankless or tank-based water heating is the best for your family and home, our experts at Turbo Plumbing Pros have a number of budget-friendly options for the Central Kentucky area.  We offer water heaters in both electric and gas models with varying sizes to suit your home needs. 

Our models include:

  • Electric
    • 30 Gallon Tall
    • 40 Gallon Tall
    • 50 Gallon Tall
    • 40 Gallon Short
    • 50 Gallon Short
    • 30 Gallon Lowboy
    • 40 Gallon Lowboy
  • Gas
    • 30 Gallon Tall
      .62 Efficiency
    • 40 Gallon Short
      .62 Efficiency
    • 40 Gallon Tall
      .62 Efficiency
    • 50 Gallon Short
      .62 Efficiency
    • 75 Gallon Short
      .62 Efficiency
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For your added convenience, we carry replacement parts, if needed when replacing the water heater. Parts list includes gas shut offs, ball valves, and expansion tanks, just to name a few. Turbo Plumbing Pros can also help Central Kentucky residents with T&P relief valve upgrades and replacements for water heater safety drains and pans. Be sure to give us a call today at 859.278.0063 to schedule an appointment or if you have any additional questions about replacing or servicing your water heater. 

You can also email us at info@turboplumbingpros.com.