TANKLESS WATER HEATERS: PROS AND CONS
August 19th, 2020
Traditional tank-based water heaters are the most common option in Pima County. These systems are reliable, robust, and can last for approximately 10-years in Southern Arizona before needing replacement. However, they aren’t exactly efficient, and even newer models of tank-based water heaters may drive up energy costs. An innovation that is changing minds across the country is the tankless water heater. Unlike traditional water heaters that store heated water in a large tank, tankless water heaters heat up water on demand, only producing as much as is needed for your immediate use.
Why Choose Tankless?
Tankless water heaters are slowly gaining market share because of the advantages they can offer. A few of the benefits of tankless water heaters include:
1. They take up less space. While a tank-based water heater system has a large tank that can fill up an entire closet, a tankless water heater is about the size of carry-on luggage, attaching neatly to the wall. This type of system can potentially open a significant amount of closet space.
2. Lower operation costs. Tankless water heaters streamline gas or electric usage in your home. A traditional system will need to fill and heat-up the tank after every use, a tankless system only uses as much energy as it needs to produce hot water while in use for exactly as long as needed.
3. No more waiting for hot water. With a tank-based water heater, if the tank runs out, you have to wait until it refills. Depending on how old and how large the system is, this could potentially take a very long time. Tankless systems completely avoid this and provide as much hot water as you need whenever you need it.
4. Longer warranties and life expectancy. A tankless water heater will last on average 20 years with proper maintenance. That’s double the life of a tank-style water heater! This means fewer interruptions to your schedule and budget.
These are just a few of the benefits of switching to a tankless water heater. While these are great advantages, it’s important to know that tankless systems are not ideal for every type of home. If you’re considering a switch, you should know a few of the most common drawbacks.
Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heater Systems
You might think that hot water on demand in a smaller unit would be ideal for your home, but the reality is that tankless water heater systems aren’t the best fit for every home. They perform best in smaller efficiency homes. If you have a larger home, a tankless system may not provide the level of performance you expect or you may need to install multiple units increasing the costs.
The installation also can be more of an investment for some homes, typically requiring gas pipe replacements, electrical runs, and additional installation work. However, they have very low long-term repair and maintenance costs, and replaceable parts for tankless water heaters are affordable. Over time, the savings can easily pay for the slightly high initial cost of installation.
If you’re unsure whether switching to a tankless water heater would be a good idea for your home, contact Cal’s Plumbing at 520-622-2257 today for more information about your options and schedule an appointment with one of our water heater specialists.