Do you ever run out of hot water just when you need it? If you’ve been wondering if a tankless water heater can benefit you, what do you need to know before making your final decision? Deciding which of the best hot water heaters for an upgrade will require taking a look at the pros and cons of what “tankless” means.
Tankless Vs. Storage
Efficiency. The reason tankless hot water heaters are touted for being energy efficient is because they only heat water as it’s needed. However, that means there is no stored water kept on hand for any emergency needs.
Cutting Energy Costs. Tests between the two systems have proven that tankless water heaters “can” be energy efficient, thereby reducing your energy costs; however, they tend to be rather more expensive than storage heaters so it would take longer to actually break even on costs. In addition, tankless water heaters have a few more needs, such as a separate gas pipe or vent pipe from a regular storage tank and it will need to be connected to your water line.
More Hot Water. Do they really heat more hot water faster? Tankless water heaters can use high-powered gas burners in an effort to heat water more quickly. However, many users have reported inconsistent hot water temperatures in tankless units and it still is going to take a while to heat the water initially, just as it does in storage water heaters. If you only need a tad of hot water, it might also take longer for the burner to ignite for just a small portion of hot water at one time.
Care and Maintenance. There is the potential of scale build-up more on tankless hot water heaters than storage units. They really need to be professionally cleaned and serviced once a year to prevent calcium build-up from interfering with premium water flow.