For over one hundred years, the tank-type water heater has been the “gold standard” for home hot water delivery. That said, as history has proven time and again; nothing lasts forever, and the reign of the tank-type water seems to be coming to an end.
WHY IS MY TANK-TYPE WATER HEATER OUTDATED?
When the original tank-type water heater was invented in 1889, it was extremely efficient, as it was made of copper. Unfortunately, the all-copper construction of these units made them prohibitively expensive for most people at the time. Not long after, water heater tanks were being made from less costly steel, which was then coated with a protective glass lining on the inside.
By the 1930s this steel tank-type water heater was standard issue in most new homes and available to anyone with indoor plumbing. From that time onward, the tank-type water heater was the ONLY game in town. Unfortunately, the tank-type water heater has a laundry list of issues that make it not only inefficient, but that can also pose a significant risk to your home every day.
By nature of their design, tank-type water heaters require that between forty and seventy gallons of water are stored in a tank and kept heated around the clock. The constant cycle of heating and cooling (and the related expanding and contracting of the tank metal) leads to small cracks forming in the glass lining of the tank, which will lead to rusting and the inevitable failure of the tank.
Depending on your water quality, frequency of use, and whether it was properly maintained, your tank-type water heater has an average lifespan of seven to ten years.
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT TANKLESS WATER HEATERS?
Tankless water heaters, first developed Europe in the late 1920s, have been making their way into the mainstream North American market for the fifteen years or so. These tankless units offer an unlimited supply of hot water, as well as significantly increased efficiency by heating water only as it is needed, resulting in a significant reduction in your gas or electric bill.
Tankless water heaters have a much smaller footprint than its tank-type ancestor and can be hung on a wall inside or outside of your home. For larger homes, or homes that require a large quantity of hot water in multiple areas simultaneously; adding additional tankless units in your home is a simple process.
Among the most impressive benefits of tankless water heaters over their predecessors, is the lifespan of the units. A properly installed and maintained tankless water heater has a life expectancy of twenty-five years or more. In that same twenty-five-year span, you will probably have to replace at least two or three of the tank-type water heaters.
Last, but certainly not least among the benefits is that you no longer need to have a large storage tank of water in your home that is eventually going to fail. Unfortunately, when it does fail, it will spill its contents into your garage, attic, or utility closet, costing you thousands of dollars more than the cost of just the water heater. The number one cause for homeowner’s insurance claims every year is water damage caused by a plumbing failure. Tank-type water heater failures make up a significant number of those claims.
If your tank-type water heater is seven years or older, has started to develop leaks, or you simply want to enjoy the many benefits that a tankless water heater system has to offer, call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services.
Nick’s Plumbing has been installing tankless water heaters for a decade and a half, and our licensed and professional plumbing technicians know how to get yours installed and running all in one day.
As always, Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services invites you to give us a call at 713-868-9907 to discuss how a tankless water heater may be the right choice for your family!
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