What is a Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless water heaters. You’ve likely heard about them, and you may have seen them before in home improvement stores. They’re the new rage when it comes to plumbing. But what exactly are they, and how do they work? We’ll give you a quick practical snapshot of this new trend.

What do Tankless Water Heaters do?

Tankless water heaters do not store water like traditional water heaters. Instead, they heat up the water as it’s used. Because they do not store water, they usually take up less space and can be mounted on a wall. They also have higher powered heaters that use natural gas, so more ventilation, and a larger gas pipe is required to run them than a traditional water heater. But there is a trade-off; homeowners who use a tankless water heater save more than $100 dollars per year on average.

Tankless V.S. Traditional Water Heaters

It ultimately depends on the homeowner’s needs if it’s best to go “old school” or “new school.” If you’re not willing to give up washing the dishes and taking a shower at the same time and dread dealing with cold spots in between running hot water, then a tankless water heater isn’t for you. But if the idea of saving 30 to 50 percent more energy each year is appealing, a few inconveniences might be well worth it. Tankless water heaters are a fairly new concept to the U.S, but are already commonplace for many other parts of the world like Europe. Shop them carefully to decide what’s right for you.

Whether it be a tankless or a traditional water heater, Accurate Plumbing can assist you with any questions about water heater repair or installation. Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

 

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