Tankless Water Heaters vs. Traditional Water Heaters



Pipeline Plumbing & Drain Specialists offers fast and cost-effective traditional and tankless water heater installation and repair services in Winchester, CA and the surrounding areas of Riverside County. Whether you’re looking to maintain your current model or are considering an upgrade from your old water heater, our technicians can help you find the best solution to fit your home.

The Difference Between

Tankless & Traditional Storage Tank Water Heaters

The type of water heater you have in your home can have a significant effect on your comfort and energy costs. Each water heater works differently, and both have unique benefits.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, use high-powered burners to rapidly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger and deliver it directly to your faucets or shower without storing it in a tank. Tankless water heaters are usually powered with electricity or gas.

Installing a tankless water heater can provide nearly unlimited hot water when configured correctly, and thanks to its superior energy efficiency, installing a tankless system can also save homeowners hundreds of dollars over time and offer a significantly longer average lifespan.

Traditional Storage Tank Water Heaters

Traditional storage tank water heaters, on the other hand, use an insulated tank that typically holds 30-75 gallons of water to heat and store the water until it’s needed. A pipe emerges from the top of the tank to deliver hot water to its destination (kitchen, bathroom, or other sinks).

Benefits of Installing a Tankless Water Heater

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

For many homeowners, considering a new tankless water heater installation can be a challenge. While there is an increased upfront cost, a new tankless unit offers plenty of benefits. Not only is it a great way to upgrade any home, but homeowners can expect:

  • Reduced energy consumption and utility costs
  • Smaller size for flexible installation in more locations (even outside)
  • No tank to leak or cause flooding
  • Up to twice the lifespan of conventional water heaters
  • Possible city offered rebates and discounts for the installation of tankless water heaters (Call (951) 289-5514 to learn more!)

Compared to a Traditional Water Heater

A traditional gas water heater generally utilizes a large storage tank of 30-75 gallons that is constantly heated. Usually, these tanks hold enough hot water to meet the needs of the entire home; however, they can take a long time to refill and reheat as they age.

Water Heater Cost Differences

Tankless water heaters do cost more than a traditional storage tank water heater, but tankless varieties last much longer – anywhere between 20-30 years, which is double that of conventional models. And because they are much more energy efficient, tankless models can save you hundreds of dollars on water and electricity bills each month.

If you are considering a tankless water heater, our 5-star rated service team can help to walk you through your options. From installation location to size and type of tankless heater, we’re here to help you understand what to consider when selecting your new water heater.

Contact our team at Pipeline Plumbing & Drain Specialists today for honest, realistic advice about all of your residential water heater needs!

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