Why Choose Tankless Water Heater Installation?
Hot water. It’s not a commodity that you or your family members want to live without. You use it daily, beginning with your morning shower and then on to necessary chores that keep your Oro Valley household running, from washing dishes to doing laundry or bathing the dog. If your old water heater is nearing the end of its useful service life or you just want to upgrade your water heater system to the latest in tankless technology, tankless water heater replacement makes a lot of sense.
Some reasons to consider tankless water heater installation in lieu of installing another conventional tank-style water heating unit can help you decide which is best for you. Tankless heaters offer:
- Increased energy efficiency
- Reduced operating costs
- Hot water on demand
- Reduced repairs
- Extended service life
- Compact installation
A tank-free water heater heats water as you need it, unlike conventional water heaters that heat water continuously (and subsequently, keep it hot until you’re ready to use it, which wastes energy). For this reason, tankless units are far more energy-efficient and cost less to operate than traditional units.
Because of the way that a tankless unit is made, it delivers a continual hot water supply with just the turn of a tap. Most tankless water heaters can provide up to 5 gallons of hot water per minute, although gas-fired units tend to have a higher flow rate than those that rely on electricity for power.
Tankless units also tend to last longer than storage-style units. In fact, whereas a storage-style water heater may last from eight to 15 years, most tank-free water heaters are expected to last for 20 years or even longer.
When it comes to reliability, it’s hard to beat a tankless water heater, since it offers a steady supply of hot water at a consistent temperature. This is due to the fact that water constantly flows over a heating element when a tap is turned, demanding water.
From a maintenance and service perspective, tankless water heaters require less upkeep. Other than an annual cleaning to make sure that minerals do not build up on the important components in the unit, maintenance is generally worry-free. Tankless water heater repairs are rarely needed, and when they are, they’re generally simple.
Unsure about whether you want to take the plunge and go for tankless water heater replacement? If you’re looking to save money on energy long-term, then tankless is the way to go. Another consideration is the amount of water your household consumes daily; if it’s 50 gallons or less, then a tankless water heater can keep up. And remember, you can always install multiple units for a more demanding household that needs a higher flow rate.
Still, tankless water heater installation can be more expensive than the installation of a conventional hot water heater. If you want to be out less cash when it’s time for hot water heater replacement, then you may want to stick with a traditional tank-type water heater (which is also more energy-efficient than ever before). The same is true if your household has heavy hot water usage. If you need more than 50 gallons of hot water per day, the higher flow rate of the tank-type hot water heater may be a better fit.