When you are thinking about replacing your traditional water heater with a tankless model, it seems that everyone has an opinion. From consumers who love them or hate them to home builders who have installed them, none should carry the weight of a licensed plumber’s opinion and experience with the units. The team at Flow Plumbing wants to offer consumers some on-the-job experience and even information gained from enjoying tankless water heaters in our own homes.
How It All Works
Tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters because that is the way that they function. These water heaters only consume energy to heat water when there is a demand for it, unlike traditional models that maintain a tank of 40 to 100 gallons of hot water at all times of the day and night. These tankless systems use very powerful gas or electric burners to heat the water when you open a faucet or turn on a shower that requires hot water. The water is heated as it flows through the pipes to the fixture that has demanded it.
The result of eliminating the holding tank of hot water is a significant reduction in your utility bill. Your home’s water heater is not wasting energy to heat water when you are asleep, at work, or on vacation. It might come as a shock to you to learn that your home’s water heater is the second-largest energy consumer in your home, behind your HVAC equipment. It accounts for around 17% of the energy you are paying for each month. If your home uses approximately 40 gallons of hot water each day, a tankless water heater can save up to 34% of your water heating expenses compared to a traditional water heater.
The Complete List Of Tankless Water Heater Benefits
If you have never lived in a home with a tankless water heater, it is understandable that you might be a little skeptical. But our team has some real-life experience that will be very valuable to you. Here are the reasons our licensed plumbers are excited to have a tankless water heater in their own homes:
- Lower Energy Bills: Who wouldn’t love to have lower energy bills but still enjoy plenty of hot water? Going tankless can make that your reality.
- Endless Hot Water: Because the unit heats water as it flows through the pipes in your home, the supply is pretty much endless. There are no worries of running out of hot water when you have exhausted the capacity of your old water heater’s holding tank.
- Smaller Footprint: A tankless water heater is about the size of a carry-on piece of luggage. That makes it ideal for installation under a sink or in a small closet rather than a basement or utility room’s remote location.
- Less Potential For Water Damage: With no holding tank, the tankless water heater is far less likely to leak and cause substantial damage to your home. Most traditional water heaters fail when the tank begins to leak due to corrosion.
- Longer Life: A tankless water heater can be expected to offer a life expectancy of about two decades, which is twice the traditional water heater’s life.
Plumbers love that this is a long-term, reliable, and cost-effective solution to their home’s hot water needs. To learn more about installing a tankless water heater in your home, call (214) 388-8838. A Licensed plumber from Flow Plumbing will provide you with a complete installation cost quote and answer any questions you might have about the conversion.