Here at Strittmatters, we talk a lot about water heaters. But there are several different kinds of water heaters and they each have their own benefits and specifications. From size to cost, choosing a water heater comes down to what works best for you and your family. Take a look at some of the differences in these three kinds of water tanks. It could be useful when selecting a new water heater for your home!

Conventional Tank

Different Types of Water Heaters Explained

A conventional tank water heater is a large container that continuously stores heated water. The tank is usually located in a basement or closet in the home. A residential water heater typically stores between 20 and 80 gallons. (A commercial tank can hold 100 gallons or more!)

Tank water heaters use natural gas, propane, fuel oil and electricity as energy sources. One thing to consider with tank water heaters is something called standby heat loss. Since water is continuously heated, energy is used to heat water that might not be used. This results is standby heat loss.

One benefit of tank style water heaters can be a low initial cost. But size and energy usage will determine the charge on your monthly bills.



A tankless water heater does not store water all of the time. Instead, the water runs through the tankless heater which uses gas or electric energy to heat the water. This style of water heater is smaller than tank water heaters and can provide more floor space in your home.

A great benefit of tankless water heaters is that they only use energy when a demand is present. So you won’t be wasting energy (and running up your bill) until you turn on that faucet. We also love how tankless water heaters can provide more hot water than a typical tank style water heater. That means no more competing with others in your home to get in the shower before someone turns on the dishwasher!

One disadvantage of tankless water heaters can be the higher initial cost. But with the money you’ll save on your monthly bills, the tankless water heater will end up saving you money in the long run.



This option combines some of the benefits from a tank and a tankless water heater! Hybrid water heaters work by using electrical heating elements and a heat pump that pulls in ambient air and extracts the available heat.

Hybrid water heaters typically have a small storage tank as well as continuously heating water. This allows hot water to be delivered quicker and less wasted water down the drain while waiting for it to heat up.

But one of the biggest benefits here is the low energy use. Hybrid water heaters are extremely energy efficient! Which makes them a great option for keeping your environmental footprint in check.

This is only a quick snapshot of these water heaters! If you have any questions or want to know more, just give us a call at 940-566-1122. We will tell you everything you need to know about what will work best for your home.