People in our area are used to traditional tank water heaters in their home. They’re easy to use and perform their duties quietly and efficiently. But they’re not the only type of water heater out there, and depending upon your needs, you may want to consider an alternate model.
Tankless water heaters, in particular, make an enticing prospect for homes that need something other than a traditional tank water heater. They cost more to install, since it’s a more complex system. In exchange, however, it allows you to enjoy a number of benefits.
How Do They Work?
Tankless water heaters adopt an “on demand” approach to heating your water. This differs from the tank model, which keeps the water heater in that big cylindrical tank, then sends it through the pipes to your outlets when you need it. Tankless systems, on the other hand, used heated coils to warm the water instantly as it passes through the pipe (thus eliminating the need for the big tank).
Besides the additional cost, tankless water heaters normally can’t handle the kind of load that tank models do. That usually makes them well-suited to smaller homes, vacation homes, and other spaces where the demand won’t be as high. (Alternately, you can install multiple tankless systems in your home, though that raises the price further.)
What Are the Benefits?
In exchange for that added cost and effort, however, tankless water heaters provide a number of benefits, which you should carefully consider before installing a new water heater. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Instant Hot Water. With tank models, there’s usually a period where you need to run the water before it heats up to the point where you can use it. That’s typically cold water in the pipes which needs to pass. With tankless systems, there’s no wait since the system heats the water up as it passes through the pipes.
- No Loss of Hot Water. Tank water heaters can run out of hot water after extended use, as anyone who’s felt their shower water suddenly go cold can tell you. Since tankless systems heat up the water on demand, there’s no worries about running out.
- Improved Savings. Because tankless water heaters don’t need a pilot light to run, and because they tend to use much less water than tank models, they tend to cost less when it comes to monthly bills than tank models do. Over time, this can end up saving you as much or more than the cost of installation.
- Longevity. Tankless water heaters tend to last longer than tank models, which gives you more value for the money as well as postponing the day when you need to summon a repair service.
- Small size. Tankless systems tend to take up much less space than tank models, which can be a huge boon to vacation homes, cabins and other spots where space is at a premium.
For quality tankless water heater installation and service in the Surprise, AZ area, call the pros at The Trusted Plumber today!