From taking hot showers to washing dishes and doing the laundry, your propane water heater is essential to many household tasks. When it finally begins to break down, you might find yourself in the market for a replacement. The two main types of propane water heaters are tank and tankless models; however, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a brief overview of each model so you can decide which one is right for your home and when to schedule propane delivery services.

Tank 
Traditional water heaters feature cylinder tanks that store heated water. You can choose the tank size according to the water needs of your household. A family of four, for example, might need a 40-gallon tank if they rely on natural gas or propane. If you run out of hot water, you’ll need to wait until the tank has been replenished.

One benefit of tank heaters is that they are cost-effective and easy to install. Hot water also leaves the faucet immediately. The main disadvantage is that tank water heaters have a shorter life span and they consume more energy to maintain hot water within the tank. 

Tankless
As its name suggests, a tankless model heats water as needed rather than storing it in a tank. The main advantage of this type of water heater is that it takes up less space and can be mounted on the wall; this is a viable option for apartments or small homes. They are also more energy-efficient than the traditional tank heater as they eliminate standby energy loss. The primary disadvantage is the higher cost of the unit and installation. Hard water can also cause more damage to tankless models and is not covered under the manufacturer warranty. 

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