If you’re planning to purchase a new water heater, you might be wondering whether a tank or tankless water heater is better for your Buffalo home.

Since both types of water heaters have different benefits, it just depends on the factors that are most important to you.

When buying a new tank or tankless water heater, you’ll want to consider the following factors:

  • Your hot water usage
  • Efficiency/lifespan of the water heater
  • Your budget

We’ll take a closer look at each of these considerations to help you determine which type of water heater is best for your Buffalo home.

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Factor #1: Your hot water usage

Tank and tankless water heaters both supply hot water, but in different ways.

  • Tank water heaters store a fixed amount of hot water and can provide hot water for several appliances and fixtures at once. However, the hot water supply will eventually run out and it will take time for the tank to fill back up with water and reheat again.
  • Tankless water heaters can provide an endless supply of hot water but they are limited by how much water they can produce each minute. Typically, they provide about 2-5 gallons of hot water per minute.

So, what does this mean for you?

If you do not have a large household or you only plan on running one or two hot water appliances at once, a tankless water heater may work well for you.

However, if you have a large household and you normally use two or more hot water appliances at once, you should consider a tank water heater.

An experienced plumber can help you determine which option would best suit your needs based on your household’s hot water usage habits.

Factor #2: Efficiency/lifespan of the water heater

Tankless water heaters take up less space, which might be ideal if you want something compact and less cumbersome.

Since tankless water heaters don’t store any water (they heat the water as it flows through the heater), they can be mounted on walls.

On the other hand, tank water heaters store 20 to 100 gallons of water. As a result, they are much larger and require much more space. They’re usually installed in a garage or closet.

Factor #3: Your budget

Tankless water heaters cost more to install than standard tank water heaters.

On average, the cost to install a tankless water heater in Buffalo is about $3,900 while the cost to install a tank water heater is $1,740.

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We’ve been serving Buffalo customers since 1974. You can count on us to provide a smooth water heater installation process that suits your budget and home with our 5-star service, upfront pricing and same-day appointments.

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