The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

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The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Most of us have grown up with traditional hot water heaters. We simply accept that little waiting period when you first turn on the hot water and know that it will be a few minutes before we get what we wanted. We didn’t know any better. Now, before we go on, let’s acknowledge that a traditional tank water heater is perfectly fine. It’s reliable and has dependably served much of the free world for decades. But there is an alternative. Tankless water heaters are fast carving out their place in the home appliance world and offer some stark differences to its old standby counterpart. 


Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc. offers a complete line of not only traditional water heaters but tankless options by A.O. Smith and Navien. Our professional plumbers will be happy to help you decide which style best fits your needs. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.


Saves you money on energy bills.

Tankless water heaters only heat water when you need it and stops running when you don’t, while a traditional tank heater continuously heats and stores water. On average, tankless water heaters use about one-half the energy a traditional tank heater does.

Hot water on demand

Tankless heaters heat water as it flows through it, which means you don’t have to wait as long for hot water to be delivered as you do from a traditional tank. 

Takes up less room

A traditional water heater utilizes a large tank that can hold 40 or 50 gallons of water. A tank that size takes up some room. Tankless heaters are much smaller and can often be mounted out of the way on the wall.

Longer lifespan

Traditional tank units can last 10-15 years if properly maintained. Tankless heater last quite a bit longer and can function efficiently for 20 years or longer.


Water availability

Tankless heaters don’t have the 40-50 gallon tank to draw on, so their ability to provide enough hot water for simultaneous multiple uses – such as several people taking a shower while the dishwasher is running – can be limited.

Initial cost

Due to its decreased energy usage, you will realize money savings in your utility bills over time. But the upfront cost of tankless systems is higher than traditional heaters. This is due primarily because of the need for special wiring and/or a new ventilation system.

So, if you are in the market for a tankless hot water heater system in the Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood and Mishawaka, IN areas, give Masters a call today. And please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all of our latest events, news and promotions.