Storage water heaters are generally reliable, but they have their drawbacks. If you live with other people, you’re likely familiar with the frustration of waiting your turn to take a shower only to find that there’s no more hot water left.
Tankless water heaters solve this and other problems associated with conventional storage water heaters. Here are three reasons to ditch the tank:
1. You Never Run Out of Hot Water
A tankless system supplies hot water as needed. Hot water is never stored, so there’s no danger of depleting it. Instead, a tankless system heats water as it flows through the unit, ensuring water comes out of faucets and showerheads at your desired temperature. A typical gas-fired tankless unit will provide 2 to 5 gallons per minute -- enough for the average household.
2. You Save Money in the Long Run
While the upfront cost of a tankless unit is greater than that of a standard tank water heater, the initial investment will pay off. That’s because a tankless water heater is up to 34% more efficient, helping trim your monthly energy bill. What makes it more efficient? Consider how a storage water heater operates. A tank water heater must switch on the burner every time the water inside begins to cool, and this constant turning on and off means more energy consumption. It's called standby loss, and tankless water heaters never suffer from it.
3. Tankless Water Heaters Are More Durable
A storage-tank water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years. By contrast, a tankless model can last well over 20 years. Most of the parts in a tankless water heater are easily replaced, and as for maintenance, it can be an easy DIY project for many owners.
Bottom line: A tankless water heater provides reliable temperature control of your tap water while using significantly less energy. Interested in upgrading? Contact Mallick Plumbing & Heating at (301) 804-6759.