If you've been having problems with your traditional water heater or you want something that can heat up your water more efficiently, then you may have wondered if buying a tankless water is a good idea. Though tankless water heaters are said to be more efficient, they are not for everyone or every situation. If you've been thinking about replacing your traditional water heater with a tankless one, here are some questions of which you may have wanted answers.
What is a tankless water heater?
Unlike traditional water heaters that use a large storage tank to heat and store gallons of water whether or not you need it, tankless water heaters are only operational on demand. Traditional water heaters run 24 hours a day to keep the water in the storage tank hot and ready to use. Tankless water heaters, as the name implies, does not store water, but uses a heating element to heat water as it passes through the system.
What are some advantages of tankless water heaters?
The main advantage is that the heater doesn't run all day, but only when it is needed, saving energy. These devices are also smaller and take up much less space. They can be placed on both inside and outside walls or in a storage closet. They also last longer and usually come with a longer warranty.
What are some disadvantages of tankless water heaters?
Their initial installation costs tend to be higher than traditional tank heaters, though the costs can be partially offset by energy savings. Tankless water heaters also don't have the volume available for several uses at once and it may take longer for the water to be heated which means a lot of water goes down the drain before it gets hot.
Which kind is better, gas or electric?
Both types are usually more efficient than traditional water heaters, but electric tankless water heaters are less expensive, initially. Your home may also require additional preparations for a gas unit especially if you don't have an existing gas line in your home. Rebates may be available for installing the gas water heaters, but not for the electric ones.
If your home doesn't need high water volume and you don't want to keep a large storage tank for a traditional water heater, then you might want to look into getting a tankless water heater. For more information, contact Chambliss Plumbing Company or a similar organization.