When it is time to replace your water heater, tankless water heaters are an upgrade worth giving serious consideration. They have great benefits, and are a fast-growing favorite these days. We’ve included some pros and cons to help you make this decision, as well as tidbits about picking the right plumber.
Unlimited hot water. Running out of hot water is a nuisance. Unlike traditional water heaters, tankless units don’t store a limited amount of hot water. Instead, they heat the water as you use it. They typically heat two or three gallons of water per minute, and on demand. If you often run out of hot water with a traditional water heater, this is a better solution.
Save money. If you typically use less than 41 gallons of hot water daily, tankless heaters can save you as much as 34% in energy bills, or about $100/yr. Tankless units don’t use as much energy because they don’t have to maintain water temperatures even if you aren’t using hot water, a definite advantage over traditional ones. Tankless water heaters also have a much longer lifespan over traditional water heaters – about twice as long. This saves you money in the long run.
Save space. Tankless water heaters are small and take up mere inches on a wall instead of an entire closet.
Initially more expensive. Tankless units are a more expensive to install, so if you are living on a tight budget, this could be an issue. It depends on the model, of course. If you are replacing a traditional water heater with a tankless one, there will be additional retrofitting expenses because the tankless system is more complicated.
If you frequently run out of hot water, a tankless water heating system is probably your best bet. Any reputable (and licensed) plumbing service can handle that, but don’t overlook the extras that say the company will go the extra mile for you, such as being able to talk to a real person instead of a machine or answering service when you call.
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