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Tank, Tankless, or Hybrid? Which Type of Water Heater Should I Buy?

Different Types of Water Heaters Explained

Water heaters are an important part of any home. They provide hot water for showers, baths, dishwashing, and laundry. There are three main types of water heaters: tank, tankless, and hybrid. Each type has its own unique benefits.

Here are the different functions of a tank, tankless, and hybrid water heaters. We also explain the lifespan of each, the benefits of each, how they heat water, and more!

Tank Water Heaters

A tank water heater stores hot water in a tank. Tank water heaters can heat water using gas or electricity. The most common type of tank water heater is a gas water heater.

Functions of Tank Water Heaters

If you're interested in a tank water heater, here are some of its functions:

  • Stores hot water in a tank

  • Can heat water using gas or electricity

Lifespan of Tank Water Heaters

With proper maintenance, a tank water heater can last for about 15-20 years. The more frequently you schedule maintenance and repairs when they're needed, the longer your water heater will last.

Benefits of Tank Water Heaters

Here are some benefits of owning a tank water heater:

  • Less expensive than other types of water heaters

  • Can provide a large amount of hot water at once

Drawbacks of Tank Water Heaters

While they're the most chosen water heater in households, they're not as energy efficient as tankless or hybrid water heaters because they continuously heat the stored water even when you're not using it.

Tankless Water Heaters

Unlike tank water heaters, a tankless water heater does not store hot water in a tank. Instead, it heats water on demand. Tankless water heaters are more efficient than tank water heaters because they only heat water when you need it.

Functions of Tank Water Heaters

If you're interested in a tankless water heater, here are some of its functions:

  • Heats water on demand

  • More efficient than tank water heaters

Because tank water heaters can heat water on demand, homeowners usually choose them to save energy.

Lifespan of Tankless Water Heaters

With proper maintenance, a tankless water heater can last for about 20 years.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Here are some benefits of owning a tankless water heater:

  • Does not store hot water in a tank (so no energy is wasted heating stored hot water)

  • Can provide an endless supply of hot water

Hybrid Water Heaters

A hybrid water heater combines a tank and tankless water heater. Hybrid water heaters have a small storage tank, but they also have the ability to heat water on demand. Hybrid water heaters are the most efficient type of water heater because they use less energy than both gas and electric models.

Functions of Hybrid Water Heaters

If you're interested in a hybrid water heater, here are some of its functions:

 
  • Combination of a tank and tankless water heater

  • Small storage tank

  • Ability to heat water on demand

  • Most efficient type of water heater

Lifespan of Hybrid Water Heaters

A hybrid water heater can last for about 20 years. It’s important to get maintenance regularly and schedule repairs as needed to extend the lifespan of the water heater.

Benefits of Hybrid Water Heaters

Here are some benefits of owning a hybrid water heater:

  • Efficient - uses less energy than both gas and electric models

  • Can provide a constant supply of hot water

Now that you know the different functions of a tank, tankless, and hybrid water heater, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each type, you can make an informed decision about which type of water heater is right for your home.

Water Heater Installation with Centennial Plumbing, Heating & Electrical

If you're interested in installing a new water heater, or if you need help repairing your current water heater, we can help. Our experts are experienced in all types of water heaters and can help you choose the best one for your home. We also offer water heater installation and repair services. Contact us at (306) 500-1296 to schedule an appointment.

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