Tank or Tankless: What’s Best For Commercial Water Heaters?

For years, commercial property owners only had one choice when it came to a reliable hot water source. However, with advances in modern technology, commercial water heater capabilities have expanded to include options for tankless and traditional tank water heaters. 

Tankless Water Heaters

While tankless water heaters are a popular choice for homeowners, they don’t always have the same glowing reviews for commercial use. And just as traditional tank water heaters have their drawbacks for residential use, they can end up costing commercial property owners more than what is necessary for hot water. 

If you’re considering upgrading or replacing your water heater, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of both options. 

Tankless commercial water heaters

Tankless water heaters provide hot water on-demand. These water heaters are smaller in footprint than traditional tank water heaters and can provide a virtually endless supply of hot water. That said, electric tankless water heaters are typically not the ideal choice for serving an entire building with hot water. These electric units typically better function for smaller applications such as handwashing. 

In some instances, installing multiple gas tankless units is beneficial for commercial properties, as they provide a guaranteed backup option in case one unit fails. Multiple gas-powered tankless units, however, require more BTUs to run efficiently than tank units – all things that should be taken into consideration. 

Tank commercial water heaters

Tank water heaters are a more traditional option, and comfortability is certainly worth something in the plumbing world. While they certainly have their setbacks, tank water heaters typically require less maintenance in commercial uses than tankless water heaters, which need to be descaled once or twice a year. Tank water heaters intended for commercial high-efficiency use require no descaling, and they are often more energy-efficient than tankless units when there is a large draw. 

Other factors to consider

Before purchasing a water heater unit for your commercial property, a number of factors should be taken into consideration, including size, energy source, hot water output needs, and more should all be taken into consideration. 

To talk with a professional about options and information on tank water heaters and tankless units, give One Call Plumbing a call today. We’ll help you find the best solution for your business. Schedule a consultation today at (919) 925-2006.