When you hear the words “water heater,” you most likely imagine a storage tank water heater—the large, metal cylinders that get installed somewhere out of the way in your home. These are the most popular heaters used across the country, and for good reason. They’re inexpensive to install and they last a good ten to fifteen years.
On the other hand, you may have heard about tankless water heaters. These devices heat water on demand, so they don’t need a storage tank to hold heated water.
If you’re weighing these two options, one question you might ask is, “Does the tankless heater need less maintenance?”