Consider installing a tankless water heater when it’s time to replace the water heater in your home. These small and efficient appliances work using sensor technology: When a hot water tap is opened, sensors are triggered, turning on the heating elements in the water heater. The water flowing across the elements is immediately heated to your desired temperature and then delivered to the faucet where the hot water is needed.
Why Your Next Water Heater Should Be Tankless
Tankless water heaters are becoming increasingly popular because they heat water as you need it, instead of constantly heating and reheating stored water until it’s ready for use. Constant reheating can put a lot of wear and tear on a standard water heater, causing it to show signs of needing repair or replacement after only a few years. A number of factors make a tankless water heater a great upgrade to your home plumbing system, including the following.
Fits in a Small Space
Because tankless water heaters don’t have a tank, they require less space than a standard water heater. Tankless water heaters are typically the size of a large briefcase and are usually mounted on a wall, either inside or outside your home. The compact size is especially beneficial if you live in an apartment or small house.
Uses Less Energy
Because tankless water heaters only heat water when hot water is needed, less energy is required. With traditional water tanks, up to 40 percent of the energy used to heat the water may be wasted due to reheating while not in use.
Installing a tankless water heater may also qualify you for tax credits because of their efficiency and lower energy use.
Does Not Run Out of Hot Water
With standard water heaters, the hot water runs out when the tank is empty. In some cases, it can take hours for the tank to refill and reheat the water. In a tankless water heater system, water is heated on demand. Whether you run the tap or the shower for a few minutes or for a few hours, the water will always be heated to your desired temperature. This means in large families where hot showers are taken back to back, the water will remain hot.
Traditional water heaters have a lifespan of only 8 to 12 years. The actual lifespan depends on the size of your family and how much water is consumed, heated, and reheated.
Tankless water heaters can last twice as long (sometimes 20 years or more) because of their smaller size and energy efficiency, and because there is no standing water to collect debris or cause rust.
Things to Consider
As with any appliance, there are a few factors to keep in mind as you make the switch from a standard water heater to a tankless water heater.
- Initial costs. Because of their efficiency and long lifespan, tankless water heaters can cost more than standard water heaters. Also, installing a tankless water heater may require new electrical wiring or gas pipes to be run to the unit, so factor in materials, installation, and labor costs. Don’t let this discourage you, though. The tax credits you’ll receive can possibly offset the initial cost of installation.
- Hot water flow. Water must flow over the heating elements before arriving at the faucet, but if your tankless water heater is too small it may only be able to deliver hot water to one tap at a time. So if two showers or a shower and the dishwasher are running at the same time, only one will get hot water. Make sure to choose a unit that fits your family size and needs.
- Regular Maintenance. To keep tankless water heaters working properly, they must be flushed and drained on a regular basis. Capital Care Plumbing can set up a regular schedule to keep your tankless water heater well maintained.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of tankless water heaters, contact us now at (281) 693-0006. We’re available anytime, 24 hours a day, to discuss all of your plumbing needs.