I’ve had my tankless water heater for a few years now, and I’m still not sure it was a good investment. Sure, it’s nice that hot water comes out of the faucet whenever I want it—no waiting or wasting water. But is the extra expense worth that convenience? In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the pros and cons of installing a tankless heater in your home.
Tankless heaters provide a continuous flow of hot water.
Tankless heaters provide a continuous flow of hot water, making them the perfect choice for homes with a lot of people or multiple bathrooms. They do not store water and heat it as it flows through the system, which makes them more energy efficient than traditional tank-style water heaters.
Tankless heaters use less energy.
One of the major benefits of a tankless water heater is that they use less energy than traditional storage heaters. When you turn on a hot water faucet, your storage heater has to heat up cold water in a tank before it can be delivered to your tap—but with a tankless heater, there’s no need for that extra wait. It heats up directly from your source (which could be a hot water recirculation system), so there’s no waiting time at all! This means that your bills will go down and you’ll save money on heating bills every month.
Another major benefit of using this type of heating system is its efficiency when compared with traditional models; even though it requires more installation costs than the latter type does because it requires pipes to run through walls or ceilings rather than just under floors (where most people have outlets installed), this investment pays off in other ways: by lowering both monthly utility bills from reduced usage as well as upfront costs on initial purchases
Tankless heaters last longer.
An important advantage of tankless water heaters is that they have a longer lifespan than conventional heaters.
These days you can find a tankless heater with an efficiency rate of up to 99%. This means that you won’t be wasting as much energy on heating your water as you would with previous models. The larger the tankless system, the more energy efficient it will be because there are fewer gallons of hot water in it at any given time and less time needed for heating.
When you compare tankless models with traditional ones, one of the biggest pros is that they are more reliable because there isn’t any risk for corrosion or freezing damage like with an old-fashioned tanked unit – which means less repairs! And if something does go wrong? You don’t have to worry about what it’ll cost; most manufacturers offer extended warranties on their products (upwards of 10 years) so long as they’re properly maintained too!
Tankless heaters take up less space.
Tankless water heaters take up less space than traditional tank-style water heaters. Their compact design makes them easy to install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot.
Tankless water heaters are easy to install because they don’t require a gas line or an electrical connection—they run on electric current from an outlet. Because there is no gas line or electrical connection involved in the installation process, you can place your new tankless heater almost anywhere in your home with ease (as long as it meets all local codes).
Tankless units have a higher initial investment.
The initial cost of a tankless unit is more than that of a tank heater, which can cost anywhere between $200 and $1,000. However, you’ll recoup the difference in price over time due to the lower energy costs associated with having a tankless unit installed. The average cost of an electric tankless water heater is around $3 per kilowatt hour (kWh), while the average cost for propane-powered units is around $4/kWh. In comparison, conventional electric storage units are about twice as expensive: at about 10 cents per kWh (depending on your local utility rates). Over time this means that you’ll spend less money on operating costs for your new installation since it uses significantly less electricity or propane than standard storage heaters do.
At the time of this article, there are incentives available for installing a water heater. Your local utility company is offering a rebate from $600-$1,000 when you make the transition. Once you’ve had a tankless water heater installed, you can fill out their very easy application online and you will receive a check in the mail for the qualifying amount. Rebates are based on the Uniform Energy Factor on the manufactured water heater. To find out more, please visit SoCal Gas’ website
Tankless systems require more frequent maintenance.
Not only are tankless systems more expensive, but they require more frequent maintenance. This is because the components in a tankless system wear down faster than their counterparts in conventional water heaters. Tankless systems have a high failure rate, and this leads to increased maintenance costs and a shorter lifespan for the unit as well.
The main reason tankless units fail before they should is due to improper installation or use (such as using too much hot water). Some people may also run into problems if they don’t take proper care of their unit, such as not draining it or not cleaning out the sediment trap regularly. Whatever the cause of failure may be, it’s important that you know what signs indicate that your unit needs repair so that you can get it fixed before it becomes a major problem!
You can’t store tankless water.
In a tankless water heater, the water is heated as it flows through the unit. You can’t store tankless water like you can in a tank unit. The reason for this is because the heaters only have enough energy to heat up what’s flowing through them at that moment. If you tried to store water in your unit, it would eventually run out and you’d be left with an empty tank!
One more thing: Even though it’s not technically possible to store water in a tankless model, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways around this problem—but we’ll get into those later on in this guide!
A tankless heater might be a good option for some homes, but it doesn’t work for everyone or every home.
A tankless heater might be a good option for some homes, but it doesn’t work for everyone or every home. If you have a big family and/or live in a home with many occupants, installing a tankless water heater can save you money on your monthly utility bills. However, if you don’t live alone or just want to keep things simple and easy, installing a traditional water heater might be the better choice.
There are also other factors to consider when deciding if this type of appliance is right for you:
- The initial installation cost is high—typically thousands of dollars! You’ll need to budget accordingly before making the leap into modern technology.
- Tankless heaters aren’t right for everyone; they’re designed specifically with certain situations in mind (i.e., smaller families) which can make them difficult if used incorrectly (i.e., large families).
I’m glad we talked about tankless water heaters. There’s a lot to consider when choosing which type of heater is right for you, but hopefully this article has helped you get started. The most important thing to know is that if you have any questions or concerns about tankless heaters in general, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We’d be happy to talk through them with you over the phone and help make sure your decision makes sense from all angles before installation starts up–because it’s not just about choosing an energy-efficient system; it’s also about choosing one that fits your needs perfectly.