Perhaps you’re considering a tankless water heater. Before you make the switch, you will want to consider the costs and benefits.
Tankless water heaters cost more than the average tank heater. If your current water heater is working fine or is fairly new, you might be better off keeping it in good shape. At least, you will want to consider the cost outlay before switching to a tankless heater.
However, if your current water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan (usually 8-12 years), or if you are encountering problems and expecting a repair bill, you can weigh that against the cost of a new tankless unit.
You will also need to take into account the size of tankless water heater you will need. A small tankless water heater services one outlet at a time. For a large family, this will not be practical. You will need to consider the cost of a larger tankless unit that will suit your family’s needs.
A tankless water heater also needs to be properly vented and this must be done according to code. A water heater repair professional can help you determine your venting needs, the costs involved, and whether this type of water heater is a good option for your home space.
Also, keep in mind that changing out and installing a new water heater is not a do-it-yourself job. It is a process that requires a licensed professional. A water heater repair professional can guide you through the entire process: determining what you need, what your costs would be, and completing the installation.
What are the benefits of a tankless water heater?
Energy savings is a primary benefit. The traditional tank water heater uses energy to heat water, even when not in use. The tankless water heater only heats water on demand. This helps conserve energy and saves you money on your utility bill.
Because a tankless water heater heats on demand, it doesn’t run out of hot water like a traditional tank water heater. It is a way to prevent those unexpected cold showers, or fighting over who gets the shower first.
Perhaps you have purchased a home with a remodeled bathroom and dream whirlpool tub, only to discover the hot water tank can’t fill the tub. You could upgrade to a larger tank, or add a second tank. Alternatively, the right tankless water heater can fill your oversized tub.
Another benefit of the tankless water heater is the space that is freed up. Tankless units take up much less space, giving you more storage. With storage space at a premium in most homes, the prospect of opening up that water heater space is appealing to many homeowners.
The decision to switch to a tankless water heater depends on your needs, budget, and future home plans. A licensed water heater repair professional can help you make the decision that’s right for your family and home.