The latest trend in energy efficiency is the tankless water heater. These nifty devices provide hot water only when you need it, so you don’t have a tank full of hot water just waiting around and wasting energy. While they are very appealing and could be the best option for your home, it’s important to consider all aspects of such a major renovation in your house.
The Benefits Of Using A Tankless Water Heater
Some home improvement ideas promise a lot but deliver very little. Tankless water heaters are not one of them!
- Space Savings: As opposed to a traditional hot water tank, which takes up valuable space in your utility room, the tankless version is so small that it’s mounted on a wall. This frees up a lot of room, especially in smaller houses. Just imagine being able to reclaim that utility closet for extra storage!
- Lower Operating Costs: Since you don’t have a huge tank of water being continuously heated, your utility bills will be noticeably lower, whether you choose the gas- or electric-powered option. Additionally, you might be eligible for state or federal rebates for Energy Star heaters.
- Longer Life: A traditional hot water tank is usually expected to last about 10-15 years before it needs replacing. A tankless system, on the other hand, could last as long as 20 years with proper maintenance.
The Drawbacks Of Tankless Water Heaters
On the other hand, there are some potential downsides that you should consider:
- High Installation Cost: The price of installing a tankless system could start anywhere from $1,000-$3,000. But there may be some hidden costs in there as well – for example, your current electrical wiring might not be able to handle the extra energy load and you’ll find that you need to rewire your house. If you choose a gas-powered model, make sure your pipes have enough volume to handle those extra BTUs so you don’t end up having to overhaul your natural gas piping as well.
- Limited Throughput: Because this kind of system doesn’t keep hot water in storage, it usually can’t supply more than one faucet at once. This means, for example, that you wouldn’t be able to run the dishwater and the washing machine at the same time.
- Regular Maintenance: While a typical tater tank doesn’t usually need much maintenance, a tankless system needs regular care. You’ll need to have a plumber in to de-lime the unit at least once a year, or possibly more often if you have hard water in your area.
Plumbing Nerds Can Help You Decide On A Water Heating System
Still not sure whether the long-term savings will be worth the short-term costs? Contact the Plumbing Nerds for expert advice tailored to your home. No matter whether you go with a tankless water heater or just a new traditional hot water tank, we’ll be happy to help you choose the right appliance and provide installation and maintenance. Just give us a call at 239.471.7557 or make an appointment online for a free consultation.