Tankless water heater: benefits and drawbacks

Published On: January 30, 2018Categories: Water Heaters

hot water flowing from shower headIs this the year for a new water heater? If so, you’ll find that you have more options now than ever before. You’ve probably heard of tankless water heaters, and if so, chances are good that you have already eliminated them from your consideration.

Not so fast! The problems that came with tankless water heaters years ago have largely been eliminated. In fact, you’d be smart to give some careful consideration to replacing your conventional water tank with one of the newer tankless versions. We’ll help you sort out the benefits and drawbacks of each type of water heater.

Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters
By far, storage tank water heaters are prevalent in homes. Why? Well, beyond the fact that they’ve been around a long time are some other benefits, such as these:

  • They have proven to be very reliable over the years
  • A conventional tank is easy to install
  • They cost less money to purchase and install than a tankless water heater

Now for the drawbacks:

  • You pay to heat and keep hot water that you may not need for some time. This can be costly
  • A large tank takes up space that can often be better used for other purposes.
  • It takes time to deliver the hot water from the tank to where it’s needed. As a result, you waste water in the shower waiting for it to get hot.

Many people continue to buy conventional hot water heaters because of their familiarity. Change is not easy, but it can often be in your best interest to learn about new systems and technologies. So let’s take a quick look at what tankless water heaters have to offer. H

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

  • Because tankless heaters heat water as it flows through them, hot water is not wasted.
  • You can save money by not having to heat water you’re not ready to use.
  • Tankless heaters deliver hot water instantly. No waiting – no water wasted!
  • Tankless heaters don’t require near the space of conventional heaters.

Yes, there are some drawbacks:

  • Tankless heaters cost more and are more difficult to install.
  • In large homes, a tankless heater may have difficulty serving multiple points of use simultaneously.
  • Energy savings are immediate.

The best time to investigate hot water heaters is before a crisis erupts. The next time you go down the basement, check out your water heater. How old is it? Is it noisy? Do you see rust stains around the bottom? If so, this may be the year to replace it.

Give us a call and we’ll help you decide which system is right for your home. We serve all of northeast Ohio, providing expert installation and removal of your old water tank. Call us today at 216-365-0600 or call our 24-hour hotline at 877-768-7239.

We’ll answer all your questions and get you set up with the water heater that’s just right for you.

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