Want a Tankless Water Heater? What You Need to Know

If it’s time to upgrade your water heater, you may be considering switching from a traditional water heater to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters offer several advantages, so you may find they fit your home’s needs better than a traditional model.

Before you make your decision, you should know the downsides to tankless water heaters. However, for many people the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Keep reading to learn if tankless water heaters are the right choice for you.

The Downsides

Tankless water heaters are perfect for many households, but you need to make an informed decision. Know about these two main disadvantages before you make your choice.

Tankless Water Heaters Cost More Upfront

Tankless water heaters generally cost much more to purchase and install than traditional models. While you’ll recoup much of that cost later through energy savings (more on this below),
you still need to have enough money in the bank now to afford one. If you don’t have a lot of cash on hand, a tankless water heater may not be the best option for you.

Tankless Water Heaters Have Limited Output

A traditional water heater stores about 40 to 60 gallons of hot water all the time, meaning one person can be showering while another washes the dishes, and as long as they stay within that gallon count, neither will run out of hot water.

On the other hand, a tankless water heater puts out about a few gallons of hot water at once and doesn’t store any reserves. This means multiple people can’t really use hot water at the same time, since the tankless water heater can’t produce enough gallons per minute of hot water for multiple faucets. If you have a large family that all showers at the same time, you
may be better off with a traditional water heater.

The Upsides

If the disadvantages aren’t deal-breakers for you, a tankless water heater may be a great choice. You’ll get to enjoy the advantages listed below.

Tankless Water Heaters Save Energy

Traditional water heaters continuously heat water in their tank, whether someone needs hot water or not. On the other hand, tankless water heaters only heat water right when someone needs it, meaning they don’t spend extra energy between uses.

If you care about the environment or want to save money on your utility bills, or both, then a tankless water heater may be a great choice.

Tankless Water Heaters Last Longer

A traditional water heater is generally supposed to last about 10 to 13 years. However, a tankless model is supposed to last up to 20 years. Because they last longer, they often come with longer warranties as well.

If your priority for your water heater is its lifespan, then a tankless water heater may be the right option.

Tankless Water Heaters Save Space

Perhaps you live in a smaller house or apartment, and storage space is at a premium. If this is your situation, then you should seriously consider getting a tankless water heater. Their small size will free up room in your home for other belongings.

If you’re environmentally conscious, then you may also appreciate that their smaller size is better for the environment. After all, a smaller size means fewer materials went into the appliance, which lessens your impact on the earth.

While tankless water heaters aren’t for everyone, their advantages make them an attractive option for many households. If you have further questions about whether a tankless water
heater is right for you, reach out to the experts at Moon Valley Plumber and Rooter.