Tankless Water Heater

Water Heater Showdown: Tankless vs Traditional

Are you aware of the impact your water heater has on your day to day routine? We often take for granted how much these appliances do for us. I mean, imagine being transported back to the days where you had to boil water and gather jugs to bathe. The process sounds exhausting, which is probably why most people’s routines were far and few between. Fortunately, modern-day technology has granted us with the water heater. If the time has come for a replacement system, you’ll want to do thorough research before investing in one. Our experts at Roy's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are going over efficiency, installation cost, performance, and more to help you narrow down your choice. Find out which option is the best fit for your home and family!

Traditional tank water heaters

Up until recently, traditional or storage tank water heaters dominated the market share. This tried-and-true system stores water in a reservoir that ranges anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons. When there is a demand for hot water, it will leave the tank via a pipe through the top, while cold water enters from the bottom and replenishes the tank.


  • Traditional water heaters have a low upfront or installation cost, typically ranging from $500 to $800.

  • They operate a lot more simply than tankless water heaters, which makes repairs and maintenance lower.

  • These units can provide hot water instantly.


  • The tanks are large and can take up a lot of space, so you may find it challenging to find a convenient location in your home.

  • They have a shorter lifespan than tankless water heaters, lasting around 10 to 15 years.

  • Since they are always working to heat a standby supply of water, you’ll have a higher utility bill.

  • Depending on the size of your tank, there may not be any hot water leftover. This is especially a problem for bigger households, and you’re the last one to take a shower.

Tankless water heaters

As you can tell from its name, these water heaters work without the use of a tank. When there is a demand for hot water, cold water will enter the unit, rapidly heat up by high-powered burners, and deliver to your faucets or shower in mere moments.


  • These systems will last you up to 30 years, which is double the life of a traditional water heater.

  • Tankless water heaters have a compact and sleek design so that it can fit in a multitude of spaces.

  • Since they work on demand, you’ll never run out of hot water.

  • They can save you money in the long run since there’s no energy loss like you’d have with a traditional water heater.


  • Installation of a tankless water heater could cost you up to $4,000.

  • Simultaneous use of appliances can strain the unit. For example, if you’re doing laundry and showering, it can fail to provide hot water to both.

Contact Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

When deciding on the best water heater for your home, we recommend getting advice from an expert. You can contact the pros at Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, and we can help you choose a unit that accommodates your needs. Our technicians have years of experience installing and repairing all types of water heaters. Fill out our contact form online or give us a call at (716) 215-2678 for all your water heater needs.