Pros and Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

Published On: August 19, 2019Categories: Water Heaters

Rinnai tankless water heaterHomeowners faced with having to replace a hot water heater have many choices. One of the first decisions to make is whether to go with a traditional hot water tank or one of the newer tankless water heaters. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of a tankless water heater.

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
With a tankless hot water heater, you will never run out of water, as long as the maximum usage was calculated correctly. You’ll enjoy a continuous supply of hot water from a tankless heater, because the water is drawn through a series of coils that heat it instantly and deliver it to your faucet.

Imagine not having to arrange shower times in advance, or having to properly time use of the dishwasher or washing machine. The right tankless water heater can meet all your hot water needs without running out.

Lower Operating Costs
Yes, with a tankless water heater, you will save money on energy costs. Since the water is heated on demand, you’re not wasting money heating a tank full of water that may not be needed for hours. You’ll notice the drop in your electric or gas bills if you switch to a tankless water heater.

They Last Longer
Tankless water heaters last much longer than traditional hot water tanks. In fact, in some cases they can last twice as long. If you want long-term durability, a tankless water heater wins hands down.

They are Easy to Maintain
We wouldn’t say that tankless water heaters are maintenance free, but we can tell you that their average maintenance cost is far less than with a traditional tank. There’s no rust buildup and no need to regularly drain the tank to rid it of sediment, rust and other particles.

This is not an exhaustive list of benefits that come with a tankless water heater, but these are the main benefits. Other pros include the following:

  • No heat loss from an open flue
  • Precise control of temperature
  • No risk of water tank rupture
  • No radiant heat off the tank heating your home
  • No bacteria and rust build up like you get with a tank
  • Smaller unit vs traditional size

The cons of tankless water heaters
The main downside of a tankless water heater is cost. A tankless water heater will cost more to purchase than a traditional hot water tank, and the installation may cost more, too, depending on how much retrofitting is required to get it installed properly. Many homeowners find that this is a small price to pay for the comfort, convenience and energy cost savings you get with a tankless water heater.

Tankless water heaters are becoming a clear choice for modern homes, and especially for younger families who expect to stay in their home for many years. These heaters provide continuous water while saving you money on energy and time.

The Plumbing Source stocks Rinnai tankless water heaters, and our expert plumbers have years of experience installing them. If you have any questions, we urge you to call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment. Call 216-365-0600 during normal business hours, or you can call our 24-hour emergency line at 877-768-7239.

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