When it’s time to upgrade your home’s water heating solution, you should know that a storage tank water heater is no longer your only option. Tankless water heaters improve on traditional water heater technology in multiple ways, and many homeowners are making the switch to take advantage of these improvements. Here are four reasons you should consider switching to a tankless water heater.
1. On-Demand Hot Water
Imagine if your home could have immediate access to a virtually unlimited supply of hot water, rather than being limited to what was stored in your water heater tank. This is now possible with tankless water heaters, and these heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters for this reason. Tankless water heaters use gas burners to directly heat water as it flows into your home from the water main.
If you have a large home or household, a single water heater may not be able to meet demand in some cases. This is because tankless heaters have a slower flow rate than storage tank models. Fortunately, you can overcome this limitation by installing two or more tankless heaters so that your home has enough hot water for even the heaviest use cases.
2. Energy Savings
While the up-front costs of tankless water heaters is higher than storage tank heaters, the energy efficiency of these units lets them pay for themselves over the years. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that use less than 41 gallons of water per day could see energy savings of 24 to 34 percent.
The cost difference between tankless and storage tank water heaters is further offset by the longer lifespan of tankless heaters. With proper maintenance, you can expect a tankless heater to last more than 20 years. Every year that you use your tankless heater beyond the 10- to 15-year lifespan of a storage tank heater, you’re saving both on energy costs and on the installation cost of a new unit.
3. Low Maintenance Requirements
As with any water heater, the biggest enemy of tankless heaters is hard water. Hard water is water that contains an above-average concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. As water flows through your tankless heater, these minerals will settle on the heating element as scale. Scale buildup inhibits heat transfer, wastes energy, and can damage your heater.
Hiring a technician to service your tankless water heater yearly is the best way to get the longest possible life out of the heater. The technician will flush the water heater with a descaling and deliming chemical to remove set-in mineral deposits from the heat exchanger. If your area is notorious for hard water, you may want to schedule maintenance more frequently, such as every six months.
Other than hard water removal, tankless heaters don’t usually require other frequent maintenance tasks. If you have that scheduled on your calendar, you don’t have to worry about your tank.
4. Reduced Risk of Water Damage
Storage tank water heaters keep tens of gallons of water inside your home at all times. A storage tank heater is a trusted design that meets building code standards, but a leak that results in hundreds of dollars of water damage and mold growth is not impossible. As the tank ages, there is even a possibility that it could rupture. Tankless water heaters reduce the risk of expensive water damage repairs in the future.
When it’s time to upgrade your water heater, a tankless heater could provide the performance improvements and energy savings that you’re looking for. Contact us at Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter for top-tier plumbing service, installations, and repairs, and we’ll help you find a water heating solution that you’ll be happy with for years to come.