Imagine jumping in a nice hot shower and running out of hot water in only a few minutes. Frustrating! But it doesn’t have to be like that. With a tankless water heater installation, you can enjoy hot water for as long as you like without worrying about running out. At Snappy Electric, Plumbing, Heating, & Air, our experts are ready to answer your questions about getting a tankless water heater installation right now!
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Tankless Water Heaters vs. Storage Tank Water Heaters
A water heater is an expensive investment that most modern families can’t live without. And while most water heaters installed today are of the storage tank variety, the tankless water heater is becoming more and more popular. Let’s look at the difference.
Storage tank water heaters use a large tank that fills up with water and is heated by a heating element so the water is ready when you need it. The tankless water heater pipes water into the unit, which is super-heated via gas or electricity and delivered to you. The benefit to a tankless system is that the water is heated as you need it and you never run out, while you can run out with the storage tank heater.
A storage tank water heater is a good choice for large families that need multiple streams of hot water at once, while the tankless is a good choice for small families who only need a stream at a time or who have limited space.
How to Maintain Your Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are expensive, which is why you’ll want to get the most life out of yours if you decide to install it in your home. If you’ve taken the plunge and installed a tankless system, you must descale the heating elements if you live in an area that has hard water. Keeping your heating elements free from scale ensures the unit will last and function properly for many years to come. If you’re not sure how to descale your tankless water heater, call a tankless water heater service for help.
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Are Tankless Water Heaters Better?
The answer is: It depends on what are your needs and what size family you have. The fact of the matter is that tankless water heaters are more efficient than storage tank water heaters and will save you money on your energy bills. Estimates say that homeowners who have a tankless system use 40 gallons less of hot water per day than their storage tank counterparts. However, tankless water heaters are ‘output challenged’ which means they aren’t good at supplying multiple hot water streams at high flow rates simultaneously.