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Tankless vs. Storage Heaters

Posted: July 6, 2019

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Why pay to heat water you won’t use right away – or pay to heat the same water twice?

That’s the question German designers at Stiebel-Eltron asked themselves almost a century ago – and their answers led to the development of the first “coil immersion” water heater – the precursor to today’s tankless water heaters.

Although modern tankless water heaters bear little resemblance to their coil immersion cousins, their basic approach is the same: heat water on demand. By operating this way, a tankless system enjoys some important advantages over a storage-type water heater, including:

So…Tank or No Tank?

As you can see, the advantages of a tankless water heater are clear. So what are the disadvantages?

Mostly, it comes down to the upfront purchase price, which can be twice as high as a conventional storage water heater or more. Of course in the long run, the energy savings and equipment longevity will offset that initial cost.

Another consideration is maintenance: a tankless system should be professionally serviced every year, while a storage-type system could be a bit more forgiving if you skip your tune-up.

With all of this in mind, here are some rules of thumb for choosing between a storage or tankless water heater:

A tankless water heater can be a great option – as long as it’s the right choice for your Eastern Carolina home, and as long as it is sized and installed by professionals like the ones you will always find at Cherry Energy. Contact us today to talk with our water heater experts! Or visit our new showroom at 2213 Hull Rd in Kinston, NC, where we have a Rinnai tankless water heater on display. Rebates are available, as well!