What To Consider When Choosing A Tankless Water Heater

Why choose a tankless water heater?

More and more people are deciding to choose tankless water heaters over traditional tanks nowadays. But why?

Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as it’s needed. They don’t create standby energy losses such as the ones associated with traditional water heaters, which can save you a lot of money.

How they work

Tankless water heaters heat water directly, without a storage tank. When you turn on your hot water tap, cold water runs through a pipe into the water heater. Either a gas burner or an electric element then heats the water. Because of this, tankless water heaters are able to deliver a consistent stream of hot water – you don’t need to wait on your storage tank to fill up. Most tankless water heaters produce 2-5 gallons of hot water/minute.

While the initial cost of a tankless water heater may be greater than a conventional storage water heater, they’ll last longer and have lower operating and energy costs – which make them a great investment in the long run. Most tankless water heaters are capable of lasting more than 20 years! They also have easily replaceable parts that can extend their life. In contrast, traditional water heaters only last about 10-15 years.

Selecting your tankless water heater

If you’re considering purchasing a tankless heater, make sure to think about:

  • Size
  • Fuel type and availability
  • Energy efficiency

Installation and maintenance

Proper installation and maintenance of your tankless water heater is important if you want to optimize its energy efficiency. It’s best to have a qualified plumbing expert install your water heater! When selecting the right plumber for the job, consider:

Routine water heater maintenance can massively extend your water heater’s life and ensures your water heater is working at peak efficiency.

Contemplating purchasing a tankless water heater for your home? Contact A-Abel Plumbing for more info, today!