We turn on our hot water faucets several times every day for bathing, hand washing, doing dishes or laundry – without giving it a second thought. But, when you turn on the shower and get hit with an icy blast, that gets your attention! According to Consumer Reports, about 20% of the average household budget goes to heating water. Today’s homeowner now has another choice to make, when choosing a water heater — traditional vs. tankless. The professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can help you weigh the pros and cons of each type of water heater to see which would be the best fit for your household.

Traditional water heaters

The traditional water heater is probably the one you are most familiar with – the big tank that’s usually in the basement. This type of water heater heats and stores the water in its tank to be dispensed when any hot water tap is turned on. Once the hot water supply in the tank is depleted, you have to wait until more water heats up. If you have the right-sized water heater for your household needs, you should be able to simultaneously run the dishwasher, washing machine and even take a shower.  The average life of a traditional water heater is 8-to-12 years. Cost of the water tank will vary based on size.

Tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters dispense “on-demand” hot water. These compact units take up a lot less space than a traditional water heater because they are wall-mounted. Water passes through the unit and a heat exchanger heats it and distributes to throughout the house. While hot water on demand is a great concept, the drawback to a tankless heater is it may not be able to keep up with the demand when multiple sources are drawing hot water. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional tanks, but the cost-benefit is they can last up to 20 years. Tankless water heaters are more complicated to install and should be installed by a licensed plumber.

If you decide on a tankless model, you’ll need a gas line run to the tankless location as well as a route to vent the exhaust, both of which may require some light construction. That may be difficult in an existing home, which may require opening walls and ceilings, but a tankless water heater may be a better choice for a new build or if you are remodeling your house. If you decide to stick with a traditional water heater, the good news is that today’s models are much more energy-efficient.

We service and install both

Atlas Butler has been around since the 1800s, and we provide service and installation to the greater Columbus area. We have the largest fleet and crew of technicians in Central Ohio, so we can be responsive to your needs. Call us 24/7 and we will have somebody at your home the same day with our Same-Day Comfort Pledge. Our licensed plumbers will determine why your water heater isn’t working properly and recommend whether you need repair or replacement. Our motto through the years has been “Strength Through Service,” and we stand by it today. Call us at 614-681-2167.