Tank Vs. Tankless Water Heaters – Which is Right For Your Home?

Tank or Tankless Water Heater

Which Is Best for Your Sun Valley Home? Tankless or Tank Water Heater?

Tank water heaters, commonly known as storage tank water heaters, have been the most frequently used since Edward Ruud invented the first automatic storage water heater in 1889. Before then people relied on fire or hot springs to provide hot water for bathing and cooking. While not expensive, these sources were definitely not convenient. Since the average person uses about 64 gallons of hot water per day in our modern culture at an average cost of 400-600 dollars per year per household, the convenience factor definitely weighs heavily alongside the issue of cost.

A version of the tankless water heater was invented in 1929 in Europe. Sources say it was first introduced here in the 1960’s. Not only could homes have access to hot water inside anytime they needed it, a tankless water heater removed the need for a bulky storage tank in which to store hot water. Later in the1970’s, heated water circulation was introduced, which allowed users to have hot water anytime and anywhere in the home. (See last week’s blog for more about recirculating pumps and how you could save more money on utility costs.)


The average lifespan of a storage tank water heater is about 12 years. Guess what? A tankless water heater can last over twice as long — 25 years! So the average homeowner will get double the use from their tankless water heater. According to Consumer Reports data, tankless water heaters have a reputation for high efficiency, which given the cost to have hot water anyway, makes tankless water heaters very appealing. They are also available in both electric and gas versions. The trained plumbers at Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling can assess your home’s layout and your needs to determine if a tankless water will work for you.


Storage tank water heaters are still the most popular choice, which could be based as much on familiarity as anything else. Tankless water heaters can save upwards to 50% on hot water costs because they heat water only when it’s needed. Storage tank heaters need floor space while a tankless water heater will not, since it’s wall-mounted. Either choice is available in gas or electric varieties. Ultimately, the choice is based upon your needs and desires. Because the desert climate can be harsh on both hot water and HVAC systems, the professionals at Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling have the expertise to guide you to the best choice for longevity in our environment. Call to set up an appointment today.