Benefits of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater

Water temperature can be hot or cold.

When you’re the last one to secure the bathroom in the morning, stepping into the shower might as well be like jumping into an ice-cold pool.

It normally wouldn’t matter if you drew the shortest straw, but when there are multiple people waiting ahead of you in line, hot water doesn’t last forever. If this is your life, it’s time to install a tankless water heater.

If you’ve experienced a shortage of comfortable, warm water, you likely have a conventional water heater. Conventional water heaters can hold anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons of water in a tank and use either gas, electric or propane as fuel sources. They’re reliable and easy to install, but the low upfront cost can be overshadowed by the lack of available hot water and the bulkiness of the unit.

What if your water heater had an unlimited supply of hot water?

If you’ve got a house full of kids, unlimited loads of laundry or a desire to be more energy efficient, installing a tankless water heater is right for you and your lifestyle. For certain households, tankless water heaters can be up to 34% more efficient.

Efficiency

Unlike conventional water heaters, tankless water heaters don’t store water. Instead, the unit will heat water as you need it and provide a near-endless supply of hot water for those times your home is overflowing with holiday guests or the kids seem to all need showers back-to-back. The tanks will usually produce hot water at a rate of two to five gallons per minute and feature a compact design that’s easily placed inside your home. They’re Energy Star approved and also have energy rebate options.

Cost

A tankless water heater can cost anywhere from $800 to $1,150. The hefty price tag might look overwhelming compared to the cheaper conventional models for $300 to $480, but the improved efficiency is usually worth the extra bucks. According to Energy Star, a tankless water heater can save a family of four up to $95 per year while proving to be a worthwhile investment.

Life span

Improved efficiency means a higher cost, but it also means your tankless water heater will have nearly double the life span compared to a conventional water heater. Tankless water heaters can last more than 20 years in your home and have easily replaceable parts. This means quick fixes and simple repairs instead of hauling in a completely new water heater. If you’re looking to make a long-term investment, a tankless water heater is the right option.

At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, our plumbers are experts at water heater installation and repair. Whether you have a conventional or tankless water heater, we’re available 24/7 to help you with your plumbing needs, whenever a plumbing emergency can strike. Give us a call or schedule online, and share your water heating woes in the comments!

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One Response to “Benefits of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater”

  1. Jime Alase

    Can a tankless system work with a power shower?

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