Tankless and Tanked Hot Water Heaters
One of the largest expenses for nearly any home is providing hot water for washing, and that means an efficient water heater can save you hundreds of dollars every year. At Climate Control, we understand the importance of effective water heating, and we have extensive experience repairing all makes and models of both tanked and tankless water heaters. We have the products and services you need to make sure your family has affordable hot water throughout the year.
Tankless vs. Tanked: How to Choose
Most water heaters in use today heat up a large amount of water ahead of time and store it in a tank for future use. The problem with a tanked system is that there’s always standby heat loss: The water in the tank gradually cools down, and the system has to use energy to keep it hot. That standby loss means the water heater is constantly using power, even when you’re not using any hot water.
Standby heat loss can’t be eliminated entirely so long as you keep using a tanked water heater. Modern water heaters, however, do use insulated tanks to keep that heat loss to a minimum, saving you money.
The only way to get rid of standby heat loss is to eliminate the tank entirely, which is exactly what tankless water heaters do. Tankless heating is also called “on-demand” heating because that’s how it work. When you turn on a hot water tap anywhere in the house, the heater kicks in, heating the water on its way to you. There’s no wasted heat and thus no wasted electricity.
By eliminating standby heat, tankless water heaters can save you a lot of money every year, even when compared with insulated high-efficiency tanked systems. The downside is up-front cost. A tankless system can be close to twice as expensive to install as a tanked water heater.
We generally recommend tankless systems for homes that use a lot of hot water. If your usage is low, the tankless system likely won’t save you enough money over its useful lifespan to justify that up-front cost. Of course, we’ll be happy to analyze your actual water usage, look at your water heating options and find the system that will work best for your family’s needs.
Trusted Kansas City Water Heater Service
Whether you’re looking for a new water heater or need maintenance on your existing system, you’ll need an HVAC contractor you can trust to get the job done. At Climate Control, we’ve been servicing water heaters and other HVAC systems throughout the Kansas City, MO area since 1987. We have the tools and expertise needed to give your home reliable, affordable access to hot water for years to come.