What is a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters heat water directly without using a storage tank.
Tankless vs Traditional Water Heaters
Because they don’t have a storage tank, tankless water heaters avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters.
How does a tankless water heater work?
When a hot water tap is turned on in a tankless water heater, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. In an electric tankless water heater, an electrical element heats the water. In a gas-fired tankless water heater, a gas burner heats the water. As a result, a tankless water heater delivers a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.
Do I need a tankless water heater?
A huge benefit of tankless water heaters is that they reduce your water heating costs because they heat water on demand rather than keeping stored water hot all the time.
They can also run all day if needed, never leaving you with a cold shower because they heat the water on demand. You don’t have to wait for the tank to fill and heat up on a tankless water heater.
Tankless water heaters also offer the safety option of setting your water temperature to a reasonable level that reduces the risk of scalding, which, unfortunately, plumbers see a lot of. Using a lower temperature also reduces your energy use.
These water heaters also tend to handle hard water and the associated minerals and sediments better than conventional storage tanks, which makes far less likely to leak or rupture. Because of this tankless water heaters have much longer warranties and have a typical lifespan of more than 20 years.
Alternative uses for tankless water heaters
- Outdoor sink or bar
- Poolhouse or pool shower
- Hot tubs
- Provide a boost for solar water heating systems and dishwashers
Count on your plumber to provide you with advice about choosing the tankless water heater that will suit your needs. And make sure you use a plumber to install your appliance.
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