By Debbie Hall
Hot water heaters have been transformed for the 21st century with tankless water heaters. Much like refrigerators and washers and dryers, there is no reason stay old school with a conventional hot water heater when an efficient, energy-saving and long-lasting tankless water heater is available. It is an investment, but worth it considering that the hot water heaters created last century supply limited amounts of hot water with long waiting times. Obsolete tanks also use increased energy, which drives up utility costs.
Here are six reasons to replace an outdated conventional hot water heater for a new tankless water heater.
1. A tankless water heater will last 2 to 3 times the life of a conventional hot water heater.
It is estimated by retailers such as Lowe’s that conventional water heaters will work from eight to 12 years before they need to be replaced. Tankless water heaters work for 20 years or longer.
2. A tankless water heater will never run out of hot water.
There is nothing worse than standing in a shower covered with soap only to run out of hot water. While a conventional hot water tank heats up a set amount of water at time, a tankless water heater only heats up water as needed with a never-ending supply. Its sensor detects when and where a hot water faucet is turned on (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or anywhere with a hot water facet). Water begins to flow across heating elements, warmed up to the temperature selected and sent to the faucet or shower head.
3. A tankless water heater saves energy and money
According to Consumer Reports, heating up water can amount to using nearly 20 percent of a home’s energy costs. With a conventional water heater, up to 40 percent of energy can wasted because the water stored in the tank will lose heat since it might not be used when heated. Water then has to be continuously reheated, using more energy. Tankless water heaters use energy only when there is a demand for hot water.
As for cost and savings, a check of prices shows that the least inexpensive conventional hot water heater on the market is $300, while a tankless water heater can be purchased for $200 (based on size and demand). Even for the math impaired, $300 for 12 years of inefficient use (including the rising cost of energy) versus $200 for 20 years of very efficient use translates into big savings.
4. Water coming from a tankless water heater will be cleaner
Rust and scale will develop with water being stored in a tank. Since water is not stored in a tankless water heater, these substances will not have a chance to form and contaminate the water.
5. Tankless water heaters are compact and take up much less space
Conventional water heater tanks take up valuable space in a garage or laundry room in a home. For those living in a condo or apartment, the space that could be used for a closet houses the traditional water tank instead.
Tankless water heaters are about the size of a briefcase and can be easily mounted on an interior or exterior wall.
6. There is little risk of scalding hot water
Those using traditional water heaters might set the water temperature too high.However, this does not speed up the time to heat water, wastes even more energy and adds to the danger of getting scalded with bad injuries. One comfortable temperature is set for the tankless water heater for the entire home, condo or apartment.
A tankless water heater is a good investment in time, savings and health. With a cost comparable to conventional hot water heaters, this is one investment that will pay for itself and provide savings for decades. Get in touch with a local plumber to get your new tankless water heater installed today.