If you’ve ever experienced the dreaded malfunctioning of a water heater, then you know what an inconvenience it can be to your family’s comfort and daily routine. With a tankless water heater, you no longer need to worry about running out of hot water or the waste of space, water, and energy that comes with having a traditional water heater. These tankless units, also called “on-demand” heaters, are compact and ultra-efficient, as they only heat water as it’s needed. Here is what you need to know about choosing and living with one, and some advantages to see if it’s the right option for your home.
Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters
Traditional water heaters work by keeping a supply of hot water, anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons in the tank, ready to be used when you turn on the hot water tap. The tank then takes in more cold water to replace what has been used and heats it to your set temperature until you use more. This means that the unit is continuously heating a full tank of water, so you can imagine the energy wasted while you’re out of the house or sleeping!
A tankless water heater is exactly how it sounds. It doesn’t have a tank, so it generates hot water only when you need it. When the hot water tap is opened, the system draws in cold water into the heater, where it is warmed to your desired temperature. Because they don’t generate the standby heat loss, they can save you up to 50% of fuel costs over traditional tank heaters.
Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater
The obvious advantage of a tankless water heater is its energy efficiency compared to traditional tank heaters. Regardless of how much hot water your family uses each day, a tankless water heater is significantly more energy-efficient, which can save you money in the long run.
However, the savings don’t end with your utility bills. Tankless water heaters also last much longer than traditional units and are much easier to maintain. The lifespan of a traditional heater is about 10 years, while that of a tankless one is about 20! Since the tankless system operates with parts that are easily replaced, they perform for much longer without needing you to spend too much on costly repairs.
Finally, another pro to tankless heaters is the fact that, since they don’t store water and there is no tank to fail, there is almost no chance of a catastrophic leak. You never need to worry about the headache of a leaky heater or a room ruined with water damage!
A tankless water heater might be the perfect choice to replace your traditional unit. The professional plumbers at Miller’s Services can help you determine which system is right for your home. Give us a call today for an estimate on your water heater replacement or repair needs.