Heating & Air Conditioning Expert with 50 years of experience

Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 16:30

24h Emergency Service

Online Estimate

Estimates and Proposals

Call Today (513) 322-1319

Cincinnati, OH 45240

Traditional Water Heater vs. Tankless Water Heater

Hot water heaters are out of sight and out of mind until the water goes cold during your shower. If you’ve always had a traditional water heater with a tank, you might wonder if you should get a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters have some compelling qualities, but traditional models remain a familiar and competitive choice.

Traditional Water Heaters Basics

Most residential water heater models feature tanks of 30 to 60 gallons. Due to the presence of a large tank, the unit will occupy floor space in your utility room or basement. A tank model uses electricity or burns natural gas or propane to heat the water in the tank.

Since the unit is constantly keeping the contents hot and ready to use, you can imagine a traditional water heater as a glorified kettle. Although you can wrap the tank in an insulation blanket, the unit will still use power whether you’re using hot water or not. As a result, they are not as energy efficient as tankless water heaters.

Tankless Water Heaters Basics

Also known as on-demand water heaters, this style sends water through a heat exchanger as it is needed by your household. Because the unit has no holding tank, it is much more space-efficient. Tankless water heaters mount on walls and have a low profile. If you’re dealing with a tight space, then a tankless water heater is an excellent choice.

Electricity, natural gas, or propane supply the power for tankless units. However, they consume less power than traditional models because they only run when your household is actively using hot water. The unit does not have to produce heat around the clock, which results in significant energy savings over the course of a year.

Advantages of Traditional Water Heaters

The lower upfront cost of traditional water heaters often makes them the practical choice when you need to replace a broken water heater. You can expect to pay about $500 to $800 for a traditional water heater before installation.

Speaking of installation, you probably won’t need to pay for any expensive plumbing alterations when you replace an old tank with a new tank model. The pipes and power supply connections will be largely the same.

Should your traditional water heater need repair, most problems can be fixed quickly and affordably. Parts are plentiful and modestly priced. A traditional water heater that has gone cold or appears to be leaking may not necessarily require replacement. In Cincinnati, OH, fixing water heaters is a routine matter for Wingate Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electric. Our plumbers will diagnose breakdowns accurately and have the parts on hand to get your hot water flowing again.

Disadvantages of Traditional Water Heaters

Keeping a tank of hot water hot 24 hours a day places unavoidable stress on the unit. You can only expect traditional water heaters to remain useful for 10 to 12 years. Their large size also makes them cumbersome to move in and out of houses during replacement.

Of course, there is no denying that sometimes you may run out of hot water in the middle of your shower with a traditional model. The last person to take a shower in a big household knows very well the limitation of this technology.

Tankless Advantages

A system that heats water as you need it delivers plenty of hot water to everyone. There is no tank to run out of hot water.

On top of ending the problem of hot water interruptions, tankless models cost less to operate. A traditional style simply cannot compete when it comes to energy efficiency.

Tankless water heaters have longer operational lifespans compared to their tank-toting cousins. You can expect a tankless water heater to serve you for 20 years.

Tankless Disadvantages

Even when you’re attracted to energy efficiency and continuous hot water flow, the cost of a tankless water heater may give you pause. Models will run a few hundred dollars more than traditional models.

If you’re switching from a traditional to a tankless, then you’ll also have to pay for new plumbing connections.

Service for Your Home

Wingate Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electric is a licensed company that can fix or install any plumbing and electrical systems in your house. We also provide heating repair and cooling repair, installation, and maintenance. Contact us today with your questions.

Comments are closed.

Wingate Google Reviews

02:05 28 May 20
From the scheduler who worked me into the schedule as a VIP Maintenance Member to Robbie the tech, all first class... service. On time, professional and transparent, another great effort by the Wingate team to return our AC service on the 24 year old unit while letting me know of options in a non pressure manner. Pleasure to do business with as a 5 year customerread more
Erin Cross
Erin Cross
19:55 19 May 20
I had another company cancel for the time frame that I needed so I gave Wingate a call. The customer service... representative I spoke with was exceptional, she managed to fit me into their busy schedule on very short notice. Further the technician Ty was prompt, knowledgeable and kind. My Furnace and AC have been tuned up and inspected by the best. I definitely recommend their services.read more
Jessie Ross
Jessie Ross
00:50 17 May 20
This is our second experience with Wingate, this time installing a new AC unit. Everyone we dealt with was... knowledgeable, and they made sure to address all questions we had before proceeding. They even took extra safety precautions with masks and shoe booties before coming into our home, a must for us. They have all been honest and professional. I would recommend them to anyone with HVAC needs!read more
Randy Koon
Randy Koon
19:55 27 Apr 20
Very happy with the inspection provided by Ty. Starting from setting up the appointment to getting the final overview... of services provided, Wingate Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electrical exceeded all expectations. Their technicians are thorough and provide excellent explanations as they work. Polite, knowledgeable, and professional is what you expect, and with Wingate, it is what you get!read more
Michael Bruner
Michael Bruner
13:56 25 Apr 20
Wingate recently installed a furnace and a/c unit in my home. My experience was fantastic. The technicians faced many... challenges given the age of my home and a very small furnace closet. Nonetheless, they were successful. Everyone I dealt with was professional, friendly, accommodating, and highly/skilled. I couldn’t be happier with my new furnace and A/C. I simply cannot say enough good things about this company. Highly recommended.read more
Jim Albrecht
Jim Albrecht
17:04 03 Apr 20
Wingate Mechanical did a great job replacing our furnace and air conditioner. Chris (owner) and staff are extremely... professional, courteous and knowledgeable. They were always on time. We received email, a phone call and text with the persons picture that came out to our house, so we would know who to expect. Top notch company! They did excellent work! We are so excited to see and feel the difference with our new iWave-R (Air Purifier) and humidifier. We highly recommend using Wingate. Thanks, Chris, Michael, Ty and Tyler!read more
Lisa Kruse
Lisa Kruse
15:20 10 Mar 20
When my tankless hot water heater stopped working, I called Wingate Mechanical. Dwayne was dispatched the same day to... investigate the issue. I was pleased with how efficient and professional he was! He was able to get the replacement parts ordered and installed. I'm extremely happy with the service I received from Wingate Mechanical. And would definitely recommend them. Lisa Kread more
Michelle Lefever
Michelle Lefever
21:39 18 Feb 20
Excellent service, their prices were lower than some competitors. Also they were able to install both units the next... day. My gas had to be turned off because of higher than normal fumes. The technicians were very knowledgeable and courteous. I was so impressed that I gave their name to a co-worker. I would highly recommend this company.read more
Emily Dowden
Emily Dowden
17:27 14 Feb 20
I started my Friday morning with a cold water faucet that would not shut off at 515am. Called them around 815 and... Dwayne was here at 10. He installed shut off valves so that I could still use the faucet without having to turn the whole house’s water supply off. A temporary fix until we could get a new faucet. Punctual, respectful, honest, thorough. I will definitely use them for all of my heating/cooling, plumbing, and electrical needs! Quality company!read more
Eric & Yvonne Boltz
Eric & Yvonne Boltz
20:33 30 Jan 20
Wingate is our go to company because they have always had the best service for us. I emailed Chris this morning for a... water heater issue and Dwayne was here within two hours. Love these guys. Their service is always quality and the value of being a member for their service plan is great. Yvonneread more
Donna Sheehy
Donna Sheehy
23:46 28 Jan 20
What a pleasure that it was to have Ty at the house to take care of the furnace repair, maintenance and air... conditioning. He explained things in a way that I could understand. I was very impressed by his hard work, which was non-stop, and his mechanical ability at accessing the problem. It is refreshing to have someone helping that has manners and kindness. Thank you Wingate for your speedy service.read more
Next Reviews