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Sunday, November 12 2023
Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home: Tankless vs. Tanked

If you’ve started your search for a new water heater, you’ll come in contact with the possibility of a tankless system. When you buy, it’s important you choose the right product for your home. Tankless systems are popular because they eliminate the need for a tank, freeing up space in your cellar. They are also more energy-efficient.

On the downside, tankless systems have a higher up-front cost. You’ll need services from a company like Barner Murphy to wire things and put in appropriate plumbing changes. Tank water heaters store water and keep it heated for ready use. They are less expensive but eat up more energy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions as you compare the two.

Comparing Pros and Cons


Tanked water heaters are the traditional way to go. You can rely on them; they are budget-friendly, and they are simple to maintain. On the downside, you have a limited hot water supply based on the capacity of your tank. Tanked water heaters use more energy than tankless ones 


Also called on-demand water heaters, tankless systems have become more popular. You have an endless hot water supply. No more moments of having your shower water go cold! Tankless water heaters don’t store water. They simply warm it up as needed. 

For people with a limited amount of floor space in the cellar, tankless systems mount on the wall! If need be, they can even go outside. Plus, tankless models last longer than traditional tanked ones. 

Energy efficiency is a big plus with tankless systems. According to the Department of Energy, if you use less than 41 gallons of hot water daily, on-demand hot water systems can significantly reduce energy usage by between 24-34%. On average, you can save about $100 a year for a gas-fired model. 

The main downfall of tankless heaters is the upfront cost. Over time, you will make that back in energy savings. Also, be aware that if you are using several outlets at the same time, the flow rate may be slower. 


Few people are plumbing savvy. Give Barner Murphy a call to help you review your options. We will walk you through specific points including

  • Your budget

  • The hot water demand in your home

  • Available space in the cellar

  • Installation specifics

  • Warranties 

We can also go over the option of retrofitting a tankless water heater and replacing the tank. This takes a little more time to complete the task. However, you have the peace of mind in knowing the tankless system lasts nearly twice as long as traditional water heaters.


If you can afford a tankless system, it has more advantages than a tanked one, in our opinion, as professional plumbers. In Barner Murphy’s years of service, our goal has always been to provide customers with the best products and choices based on their lifestyles. If you’re on a fixed income, we’ll find a tank system suited to your home. 

Barner Murphy Plumbing and Heating is in Levittown, PA. We guarantee quality work. Give us a call at 215-945-8560. Or use our online contact form to send us your questions or make an appointment. 

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