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Traditional & Tankless Water Heaters

At Lindemann, we understand the importance of your home's water heater which is why we offer prompt, efficient, and affordable service. When choosing the right system, homeowners have two main options: traditional tank water heaters and tankless.

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Installing Traditional vs. Tankless

Tankless systems are easier and less expensive to install for a few reasons. They require less additional components, are smaller and more modernized in design, and have less of a need for any upgrades to your home. A tank system may need you to install a new gas line or upgrade your electrical system, depending on the age and existing connections in your home.

Traditional Water Heaters Issues

  • Not enough hot water
  • Rust in your water, or discoloration
  • Leaks & Strange Noises
  • A pilot light that won’t stay lit
  • A malfunctioning thermostat

Tankless Water Heater Issues

  • Scale buildup
  • Leaking water
  • Insufficient hot water
  • A malfunctioning thermostat
  • A malfunctioning gas valve

Hard Water

Tankless with Hard Water (After all, it’s Chicagoland)

Chicagoland is known for its hard water issues among homeowners. Hard water can cause mineral buildup in traditional tank water heaters, which can lead to reduced efficiency and even damage the water heater. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, obviously don’t have a tank for mineral buildup to occur in, which again leads to longer life span and less maintenance.

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When Should You Repair Your Water Heater?

Your water heater needs repair when it provides insufficient hot water, shows water temperature inconsistencies, makes unusual noises, or leaks. Discolored or foul-smelling water can also indicate a problem that requires repair or possibly replacement of your water heater.

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Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless, also known as on-demand water heaters, offer several benefits over traditional storage tank water heaters. Here are some of the main benefits of going for a tankless water heater over a traditional one.

Tankless water heaters and their benefits

Energy efficiency

They are more energy-efficient than traditional storage tank water heaters. This is because they only heat water on demand, rather than constantly keeping a large tank of water hot. This can result in significant energy savings and lower utility bills.


They’re also much smaller than traditional storage tank water heaters, which can be bulky and take up a lot of space. This makes tankless water heaters ideal for smaller homes or spaces where storage space is limited.

Longer lifespan

Additionally, they have a longer lifespan than their traditional counterpart. While storage tank heaters typically last 8-12 years, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance.

Endless hot water supply

They provide an endless supply of hot water, which is ideal for households with high hot water demands. This is because the unit heats water on demand, so you never run out of hot water.

Reduced risk of water damage

Traditional storage tank water heaters can leak or burst, causing water damage to your home. However, tankless units don’t store water, which reduces the risk of water damage.

Improved water quality

Tankless water heaters don’t store water, which can reduce the risk of bacteria growth and improve water quality.


Money Saving Benefits Of Traditional vs. Tankless

When it comes to initial costs, traditional tank water heaters are generally less expensive than tankless water heaters. Where you save is in the life span of the tankless system. You’ll get on average 5 more years of life, and save every month on energy costs to heat your water.

The amounts may be significant depending on how you consume hot water in your household. A busy family in Chicago may have a heavy demand on hot water which will pay off much sooner with a tankless system.

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Why Choose Lindemann For Your Next Water Heater

Choosing between a traditional tank water heater and a tankless water heater comes down to your preferences and the needs of your household. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

With our experience and expertise, you can trust Lindemann to help you through the process.

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