Many homeowners consider changing their water heater for a tankless version when it comes time for an update. If you find yourself thinking about a tankless heater, True Plumbing of Fort Worth, TX wants to help you make the best decision. We have put together a primer on tankless water heaters, including how they work, what special issues you need to contemplate, and more.
How They Work
Instead of heating a reservoir of water, tankless water heaters flash-heat the water when you turn on the hot tap. Think of them like microwaves, whereas traditional heaters are slow cookers. Tankless heaters insert the heating element into the water flow instead of into a tank.
Without an ongoing energy drain heating water in a tank, most families could save more than $100 a year on energy costs. Most varieties run on gas or propane. Tankless water heaters also offer continuous hot water, unlike traditional water heaters that can run out of hot water after a load of laundry and a shower.
They also take up less space and come in two varieties: whole home and point-of-use. The former services the entire house and is best for homes with one bathroom. The latter offers more flexibility for larger homes. They are installed where the hot water is used (under sinks or on walls near bathtubs or showers).
Tankless water heaters cost more up front to purchase and install. Whole home tankless heaters are more of an investment, and the need for multiple units when installing the smaller versions means more spending to keep your water heated throughout your home.
Tankless water heaters offer many benefits, but they come with their own limitations and costs. Be sure to ask for a complete list of installation requirements and costs to budget for this kind of update.
Whether you prefer a traditional water heater or a tankless one, updating or replacing a water heater requires professional skills, so make sure you bring in the pros. At True Plumbing of Fort Worth, TX, our professional plumbers are ready to help answer any questions you may have. Call today to schedule a consultation.