Trying to decide whether you should have a tank or tankless water heater is a big decision that not many people know they have to make. We understand that you’re probably not constantly reading ‘Family Handyman’ or making chairs like Ron Swanson. The service technicians at Godwin Plumbing aren’t Ron Swanson either, but they do know a thing or two about heaters. Here are four reasons they would recommend a tankless heater over a traditional tank-style water heater.


  1. Tankless Water Heaters use less energy. Because they heat the water only when you turn on the faucet, tankless water heaters use 30 to 50% less energy than tank heaters, which have to keep your water hot 24/7. This means a tankless heater might shave as much as 20% off your energy bill.
  2. They save you money over time. Though the upfront cost of a tankless water heater can be more expensive than that of a tank water heater, tankless water heaters save you money because of their energy-saving capabilities. Over one year, a typical family could save as much as $100.
  3. They take up a smaller footprint in your home. Tankless water heaters are much smaller than normal water heaters because they don’t have to keep large quantities of water hot. Most can even be mounted onto walls. In fact, they’re even small enough to fit inside most modern linen or storage closets. 
  4. We provide a 15 year warranty for a tankless water heater, compared to 6 for a tank water heater. Tankless water heaters are estimated to last at least 20, if not 30 years, after installation in your home. Tank-style heaters are only estimated to last 10 to 15 years. For this reason, Godwin provides a 15 year warranty on all Bradford White tankless water heaters. We stand behind all of our products and their installation. If you’re not happy with how something is working, we’re not happy with how it’s working. 

We know that you may not be the ‘Family Handyman’ (or even own a subscription to it), but choosing a water heater for your home can be an easy and painless process. We’re always willing to talk through ‘to tank or not to tank’ with you over the phone, over email, or in our store. We may not be Ron Swanson, but we sure are as wise as he is.