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By: Nicolette Forbes on September 21st, 2022

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Tank-Style Water Heater Review: Is It Right For You?

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Tank-style water heaters are popular among many homeowners but is having one the right fit for you and your home? Finding the right water heater for your home can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be!

In this article, we’ll discuss: 

  • Pros and cons of tank-style water heaters
  • Who a tank-style water heater is right for

We here at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air are trained and certified with some of the top water heater manufacturers on the market like Rheem and A.O. Smith. Since 2007, we’ve helped thousands of clients across the Los Angeles area with their water heater needs, including helping them decide if a tank-style water heater is right for them. Now, it’s your turn!

 

Pros and Cons of Tank-Style Water Heaters

Tank-style water heaters are popular among homeowners for several reasons but you must be wondering what are the pros and cons of having a tank-style water heater. Some of the pros of having a tank-style water heater include: 

  • Low installation costs
  • Easy to replace
  • High flow rate
  • Tried and true

  • Low-Cost Installation
    • Tank-style water heaters are popular for having low upfront costs as well as low installation costs. This is because all homes already have the required plumbing for installing these kinds of water heaters. The costs of a tank-style water heater are approximately half when compared to tankless water heaters.

      Check out this article here as we dive into the costs of a tank-style water heater.

A technician installing a Rheem tank-style water heater.

  • Easy to Replace
    • Not only is installing a new tank-style water heater cheaper, but it is also easier to replace. When it comes to replacing a tank-style water heater, it’s as easy as removing the older, worn-out heater and then replacing it with a new one.

  • High Flow Rate
    • Tank-style water heaters feature a large tank, meaning they provide a greater flow rate when compared to tankless water heaters. Having access to gallons of hot water means your family and friends can use several hot water fixtures without the temperature falling in a noticeable way. By contrast, you won't be able to achieve the same flow rate with a tankless water heater since they have limited water flow capacity in most cases. 

  • Tried and True
    • Having been in use for several decades, tank-style water heaters have earned a reputation for being the tried and true option. Tank-style water heaters are a trusted method for cold days when you need consistent hot water but also have to do dishes and shower within the hour.

 

Cons of Tank-Style Water Heaters 

Tank-style water heaters also have a few limitations. Some of the cons of having a tank-style water heater include: 

  • Greater energy costs
  • Needs more room
  • Shorter lifespan
  • Limited hot water

  • Greater Energy Costs
    • Tank-style water heaters need more energy to perform since they have to consistently reheat water to match the thermostat setting. More time spent heating means more energy use. This demand for energy goes double for those who lie in colder climates with harsh winters since the heat from the water will be lost quickly. 

  • Large Space
    • Tank-style water heaters are bulky and require a large space (such as a laundry closet, shed, or basement) for installation. Their larger size means that they can't be installed in smaller dwellings where there is little room available.

      If you live in a smaller space, a tank-style water heater likely isn't for you.

  • Limited Water
    • With tank-style water heaters, homeowners also run out of hot water a lot faster. This is because you are limited to the water that is stored in the storage tank of your water heater. Once you use up the water stored in your storage tank, you need to wait for it to get refilled before you can have a hot water supply again, which can take over an hour depending on the size and condition of your tank-style water heater.

 

Is a Tank-Style Water Heater Right For You?

Tank-style water heaters are popular among homeowners but are they for you?

You should consider getting a tank-style water heater if:

  • If you’re on a slim budget, a tank-style water heater will be worth your dollar since the up-front investment is usually cheaper than other options, like a hybrid or a tankless water heater.

  • If you have a good amount of space for installation, tank-style water heaters present an opportunity to make the most of your space while saving a little extra cash.

  • If you’re looking for “old reliable” then look no further than a tank-style water heater. Tank-style water heaters have been the standard for decades and are a reliable method for providing consistent hot water to homes. 

You should avoid getting a tank-style water heater if: 

  • If you’re looking for longevity in a water heater, then a tank-style water heater may not be for you since it does have the shortest lifespan compared to a hybrid water heater or a tankless water heater.

  • If you are limited in space, then a tank-style water heater may not be for you because tank-style heaters require lots of room like a shed, laundry closet, or basement. 

  • If you're looking to save on energy costs, a tank-style water heater may not be the best choice for you. This is because traditional water heaters must reheat water constantly to keep it at the pre-set thermostat setting, requiring greater energy resources. 

Not convinced a tank-style water heater is right for you? Check out the article below as we also have a similar article that will help you decide if a tankless water heater is right for you and if a hybrid water heater is right for you. 

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We here at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air are dedicated to giving you all the information you need on tank-style water heaters so that you can make the best decision for you and your home. If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to know what a tank-style water heater would like in your home, click the ‘Book’ button below. Or feel free to call us at 310-853-8690, and one of our call center representatives would be happy to help you.BOOK ONLINECALL