Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

If you are thinking of replacing your home's water heater, you may be considering a tankless water heater. Here is a list of the pros and cons of tankless water heaters to help you make an educated choice:

Pros or advantages of tankless water heaters

• A tankless water heating unit only operates when hot water is needed. This specific delivery method reduces energy costs by as much as 35% a year. Tankless water heaters are extremely energy efficient. According to Energy Star, some tankless water heating options have energy factors as high as 95.

• Tankless water heaters are very reliable. When a unit is sized properly, it will effortlessly deliver a continuous supply of hot water at a preset temperature level. Hot water heaters never run out of hot water.

• The life expectancy of tankless water heaters is up to 20 years. They are small in size, which takes less space than conventional hot water heaters. Tankless units are very versatile and can be placed anywhere in a house.

• Tankless water heaters are known for their safety, because they only operate when hot water is needed. Many new models include a monitoring system that provides details about water pressure and flow. In the case of a system failure, the machine would instantly turn off.

• Once the tankless unit is installed, it will need minor regular maintenance and occasional tankless water heater flushing.

Cons for disadvantages of tankless water heaters

• Up front cost of tankless water heaters sometimes prohibit homeowners from choosing them. They cost roughly twice as much as conventional hot water heaters. As with any plumbing need, there are installation costs. Necessary piping for tankless units can be pricy as is good venting which will be required. These costs have more to do with the plumber you hire to do the work. Installation is quite complicated so it is important to find an experienced plumber to get the job done right.

• If you live in an area with hard water, a water softener will need to be installed so the tankless water heater won’t be ruined.

If you would like more information about tankless water heaters or would like to have one installed, contact Metro Septic and Plumbing today.

Posted on behalf of Metro Septic and Plumbing