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Water Heaters 101

Today, there are traditional tank-based water heaters and tankless ones. Sizes of tanks vary, and the right choice depends on your needs. For example, if you have a large family, a bigger tank is better. However, a smaller tank is sufficient if you live alone or don’t spend much time at home. Anyone can use a tankless water heater.

Differences Between Tank and Tankless Water Heaters

Upfront costs for tankless water heaters tend to be higher. However, the long-term savings they yield can make them a better investment for many homeowners. How the two water heater types operate also differs. A traditional water heater collects water in a tank to heat it. Whether it’s gas or electric, it uses a flame or a filament to heat the water. It takes a while to heat and refill the tank. A tankless water heater only heats water on an as-needed basis as it passes through. This means that there is no running out of hot water with a tankless water heater.

Maintaining a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless units require less maintenance than tank-based water heaters. Although they can last up to 20 years, they still need periodic cleaning and maintenance. You can use a descaling solution or vinegar to clean the tankless unit. Also, it must be flushed and drained correctly.

Maintaining a Traditional Water Heater

Over time, traditional tanks deteriorate. They are prone to mineral buildup inside the tank. As the minerals collect and are heated up repeatedly, they can wear the inside of the tank. The majority of standard water heater tanks last about ten years and have shorter warranties. It helps to flush the tank, and it’s essential to make sure the pressure isn’t too high. Also, you’ll need to check the water supply connections for leaks and replace them as needed.

It’s essential to have a professional perform periodic inspections. A professional can also give you a customized maintenance guide for a specific water heater that you choose. To learn more about tank or tankless water heaters, please get in touch with the team at Pure Plumbing by calling us at (702) 710-7388.