Tankless water heaters offer some advantages over traditional water heaters, such as better energy efficiency and a smaller indoor footprint. Here are some things to consider when deciding if a tankless water heater is the right investment for you.
What’s the Difference Between Tankless and Traditional Water Heaters
A traditional water heater stores hot water at a constant temperature in its tank. When you use hot water, it’s replaced with cold water. This is why the water gets cold if you take too long of a hot shower.
A tankless model heats water as it passes through it. They can supply as much hot water as long as you need it. They’re also much smaller than a traditional water heater, creating space in your home you didn’t even know you had.
A traditional water heater lasts about 10 years while a tankless one can last 20 years or more. This saves you money and the inconvenience of replacing your water heater twice as often.
Lower Energy Bills
Tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient than traditional ones. They only need to heat water when you need it. A traditional water heater stores hot water, which results in heat constantly being lost up the vent.
Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heaters
If you want to take a shower and run the dishwasher at the same time, a tankless water heater may not be able to keep up. They’re not designed for multiple uses of hot water happening at the same time. You may need a water softener to operate your tankless water heater. This increases the cost of installation and adds bulky equipment. You may also need new gas lines to accommodate a tankless water heater.
Halfmoon Plumbing of Owasso, OK, is a plumbing company that installs traditional and tankless water heaters. Our plumbing services include drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer replacement, frost-proof repairs, faucet repairs and replacements, yard leaks, and more. Call today to find out how we can help you with your water heater needs.