If you are upgrading your old hot water tank, the idea of never running out of hot water again probably sounds pretty enticing. This is especially true when the limitless hot water comes from a tankless system that won’t have a catastrophic leak or use limitless energy when it isn’t even in use. If you are not familiar with tankless water heaters as a plumbing option, you will want to find out more!
What is a Tankless Hot Water Heater
A tankless hot water heater replaces the old water tank by heating water on site as it is needed utilizing a gas or electric powered element. Due to the fact that the water is heated this way, it can produce heated water constantly while not being a power drain when not in use. This newer style of hot water heater will save you as much as 25 to 50 percent in energy usage.
Pros & Cons
The obvious advantage is the guarantee of limitless hot water combined with great energy financial savings. They are also relatively small, about the size of an average suitcase. They are no danger of spilling or breaking like old tanks and they will not support bacterial growth, making them much safer. They are even less complicated to winterize or make ready for vacation.
The most significant drawback is that they are extremely sensitive to a weak water circulation and can shut down when it is not strong enough.
While a tankless water heater will supply you with savings that help it pay for itself, it does take a while. A significant part of the savings is in the longer life expectancy of the system compared to a water heating tank system.
How Much Do Tankless Water Heaters Cost
On the low end, a tankless hot water heater can cost as low as a few hundred dollars. For an intricate system that can support several streams simultaneously, the cost can be as much as $2,000. The size system that you require will depend upon the size of your home and your particular needs.
Tankless Water Heater Installation
You will need a professional to install a tankless water heater in your house. It may involve creating leak-free connections or upgrading a circuit-breaker panel. If you are ready to install a tankless hot water heater in your home, contact Mullin Plumbing HVAC, Septic & Electric to set up a consultation now!
Tankless Hot Water Heater Care
If you have hard water, your system will need to have a vinegar flush around every 500 hours of use. This can be a Do It Yourself job, but if you don’t feel comfortable with it or do not have the time you can always call a service specialist for assistance. Otherwise an annual service is typically all that is needed to clean, change filters and check the burner. Typically a gas powered tankless water heater will last about twenty years, while it’s electrical counterpart can be anticipated to last half that long.
Cutting Edge Innovation
Not only do tankless hot water heaters exceed the effectiveness and effectiveness of the old tank model by light years, the newer systems have even more developments and advantages to provide!
A tankless water heater by its nature is more effective than a tank system, however tankless designs can be almost 20% more efficient than the first tankless ones because of a second heat exchanger which uses the exhaust heat. Modifications need to be made to add one to a system that was not initially equipped with one.
The latest models give you instant hot water that takes only the amount of time that the water travels through the pipelines to fulfill its destination.
They can even be smart devices that can be managed by an app on your phone!