Getting into Hot Water: Talking Tankless

First thing in the morning you get up, wander into the bathroom, brush your teeth and hop into a nice hot shower. It’s a great way to start the day – clean, refreshed and relaxed. Unless of course your teenager for one in his life beat you up and has used the entire household supply of hot water leaving you with nothing but a tepid drizzle or worse, an icy spray. That’s a good way to start a rotten day!

Many homeowners decide that enough is enough and switch to a tankless water heater only to be disappointed with the results. Some end up calling a technician back to take the tankless unit out and reinstall a traditional water heater at significant personal cost. More times than not, the issue isn’t actually the tankless water heater; it’s the installation.

Much like air conditioning installation or other major system installations, a water heater needs to be first explained and then installed by a professional. First you need to decide if a tankless system will suit your needs or if a storage system is a wiser choice. Don’t rely on advertising or hype for your education. Talk to a pro who understands all the options and all their pros and cons.

There’s a lot of talk about going tankless and you need to know the truth. There are pros and cons to this system. They only heat water as it is being used so no energy is wasted but there’s no stored water in case of emergency either. Since water is only being heated as needed, there are limits to the demand the unit can handle. However, multiple units can be plumbed together for an increase. There’s a lot to discuss!

Tankless water heaters need a source of power, typically either electric or gas but solar is becoming popular too. A tankless unit cannot use the same vent pipe or gas pipe as the traditional storage tank so they will have to be upgraded. Tankless units also need to be connected to your water lines. These things usually go a little beyond the scope of the average do-it-yourselfer’s skill set, not to mention his or her tool box.

If you’re tired of running out of hot water, talk to a professional installer before making any rash decisions.