Tankless Water Heaters vs Traditional Water Heaters
Article Date: 1/29/2017 | Posted By Nick
A tankless water heater is an on-demand system. That means, when a person turns on the hot water at a faucet or in the shower, the unit will instantly deliver hot water. The operation of this unit is different from what we are all used to with the older tank-type water heaters. Tankless systems heat the water instantly by running it over heating elements instead of heating a 40-gallon storage tank. There are several benefits from this. One, the gas usage will be different since you are not heating water 24/7 in a storage tank. Two, the unit will last longer.
These days, it’s rare to see a new master bathroom built without an oversized tub. If you have a 50-gallon tank water heater, there is absolutely no way it will fill that oversized tub without losing heat. This type of installation is prime for a tankless water heater. The tankless system would be able to keep this tub full 24 hours a day with no temperature loss or variation.
If your contractor installed two tank-type water heaters in your home to meet your hot water needs, a tankless water heater is a perfect choice. One tankless water heater will easily handle the hot water needs that used to require a dual tank setup. Tankless water heater manufacturers offer several different options for hot water output; your plumbing contractor can help you decide the best unit to handle the hot water needs of the house.
A few of the benefits of a Tankless Water Heater versus a traditional Tank-type Water Heater:
1. In Houston, tank-type water heaters have a lifespan of about 7 to 10 years. They should always be replaced at around ten years of age. Regardless if they are working or not, because at that age, failure is imminent. A tankless water heater will last up to 20 years.
2. You’ll save money on your monthly gas bill, due to not having to heat a tank of water 24/7.
3. If there are any mechanical problems with a tankless unit, parts are easily replaced.
4. You can replace two tank-type units with a single tankless water heater.
A few cons of the Tankless Water Heater versus a traditional tank-type Water Heater:
1. The cost of purchase and installation for a tankless water heater is higher. It will take approximately seven years for you to see a return on your investment.
2. More maintenance is required for a tankless water heater, which needs to be cleaned professionally to manufacturer’s specifications every one to three years. The average cost associated with tankless water heater cleanings are around $350.00.
At Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services, we are your Houston tankless water heater experts. Our licensed plumbing technicians have been to training classes, and continuously stay up to date regarding the latest technology. We guarantee our work, and your satisfaction with a tankless water heater is guaranteed as well.