New Website Heats Up Debate on Water Heaters: Is Tank or Tankless Better?

Apr 11, 2008, 01:00 ET from Rheem

    MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to tankless
 water heaters, it's the questions that are endless. A new website launching
 today is the first to provide straight talk on tankless vs. tank water
 heaters, aimed at helping design and construction professionals advise
 their customers which system is best for different circumstances.
 
     SmarterHotWater.com is a product of Rheem Water Heating, the only U.S.
 manufacturer of both tank and tankless water heaters, as well as a provider
 of solar systems.
 
     "Being water-heater agnostic makes Rheem a credible resource to help
 professionals sort out the claims and counterclaims about tank and tankless
 water heaters," said Bob Hitchner, Director of Rheem Tankless Sales, based
 in Montgomery. "We designed SmarterHotWater.com so professionals could feel
 confident in their ability to recommend the best solution based on
 performance, project budget and long-term operating costs."
 
     Throughout the site and in a downloadable chart, Rheem summarizes some
 of the differences:
 
     Product Cost: Tank water heaters typically range in cost from $350 to
 $550, while tankless water heaters are roughly double that amount.
 
     Operating Cost: Average annual operating costs for tank water heaters
 are in the $230 to $285 range. Average annual operating costs for tankless
 water heaters are about half of that, at $165 to $170.
 
     Installation Cost: In new construction, installing any type of water
 heater includes running fuel lines or electrical connections and allowing
 for adequate venting, so there is little difference in costs between a
 tankless water heater and a tank water heater. In remodeling, however, it
 will cost more to replace a tank water heater with a tankless unit.
 Installed costs to replace a tank water heater with a tankless unit are
 typically between $1,200 and $3,000, compared with a range of $500 to $800
 to replace a tank with another tank.
 
     Size: Tank water heaters are typically four to six feet in height, and
 up to two and a half feet in diameter. Because of their size, tank water
 heaters are usually located in the garage or basement, which sometimes
 places the hot water far from the point of use. Tankless water heaters,
 about the size of a medicine cabinet, can be wall-mounted indoors or even
 outdoors.
 
     Experience: Tankless water heaters never run out of hot water. A
 properly sized unit allows for use of multiple fixtures and appliances at
 the same time. Tankless is especially ideal for luxury spa bathrooms, where
 one large whirlpool tub can empty a 40-gallon tank-type water heater before
 the tub is even filled.
 
     Long the standard mode of water heating in Europe and Asia, tankless
 water heaters have captured the imagination of Americans looking to defray
 rising energy costs, as well as those concerned about having enough hot
 water for today's luxury bathrooms and busy lifestyles. While the site is
 open for all, including homeowners, Rheem offers a white paper and
 bi-monthly newsletter that is strictly limited to professionals.
 
 
 

SOURCE Rheem
    MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to tankless
 water heaters, it's the questions that are endless. A new website launching
 today is the first to provide straight talk on tankless vs. tank water
 heaters, aimed at helping design and construction professionals advise
 their customers which system is best for different circumstances.
 
     SmarterHotWater.com is a product of Rheem Water Heating, the only U.S.
 manufacturer of both tank and tankless water heaters, as well as a provider
 of solar systems.
 
     "Being water-heater agnostic makes Rheem a credible resource to help
 professionals sort out the claims and counterclaims about tank and tankless
 water heaters," said Bob Hitchner, Director of Rheem Tankless Sales, based
 in Montgomery. "We designed SmarterHotWater.com so professionals could feel
 confident in their ability to recommend the best solution based on
 performance, project budget and long-term operating costs."
 
     Throughout the site and in a downloadable chart, Rheem summarizes some
 of the differences:
 
     Product Cost: Tank water heaters typically range in cost from $350 to
 $550, while tankless water heaters are roughly double that amount.
 
     Operating Cost: Average annual operating costs for tank water heaters
 are in the $230 to $285 range. Average annual operating costs for tankless
 water heaters are about half of that, at $165 to $170.
 
     Installation Cost: In new construction, installing any type of water
 heater includes running fuel lines or electrical connections and allowing
 for adequate venting, so there is little difference in costs between a
 tankless water heater and a tank water heater. In remodeling, however, it
 will cost more to replace a tank water heater with a tankless unit.
 Installed costs to replace a tank water heater with a tankless unit are
 typically between $1,200 and $3,000, compared with a range of $500 to $800
 to replace a tank with another tank.
 
     Size: Tank water heaters are typically four to six feet in height, and
 up to two and a half feet in diameter. Because of their size, tank water
 heaters are usually located in the garage or basement, which sometimes
 places the hot water far from the point of use. Tankless water heaters,
 about the size of a medicine cabinet, can be wall-mounted indoors or even
 outdoors.
 
     Experience: Tankless water heaters never run out of hot water. A
 properly sized unit allows for use of multiple fixtures and appliances at
 the same time. Tankless is especially ideal for luxury spa bathrooms, where
 one large whirlpool tub can empty a 40-gallon tank-type water heater before
 the tub is even filled.
 
     Long the standard mode of water heating in Europe and Asia, tankless
 water heaters have captured the imagination of Americans looking to defray
 rising energy costs, as well as those concerned about having enough hot
 water for today's luxury bathrooms and busy lifestyles. While the site is
 open for all, including homeowners, Rheem offers a white paper and
 bi-monthly newsletter that is strictly limited to professionals.
 
 
 SOURCE Rheem