Yes or No to Tankless Water Heaters. What Are the Pros and Cons?

shutterstock_97732280If you need a new water heater, and you’ve been wondering whether a tankless water heater is right for you, here’s a little information to help you decide. These “pros and cons” of tankless water heaters will help you determine if one would be a great fit for your home.

Pros

Tankless water heaters use 30-50 percent less energy to heat water than a traditional tank unit. Traditional heaters waste energy keeping 40-50 gallons of water hot at all times, whereas tankless ones only heat as needed. This way of heating typically means lower utility bills every month.

They take up far less space and can be mounted directly on a wall.

You have hot water on demand, with no risk of running out. With tank heaters, once the hot water has emptied out, the new water has to heat up, which can take a while. Continuous hot water means more hot showers, baths, or even convenience when filling up a hot tub.

Cons

The initial cost of tankless water heaters can be more than the cost of traditional tanked ones.

Because they use high-powered burners, they must be vented carefully. Many use natural gas or propane as well. Installation for a tankless heater definitely isn’t a DIY job; always seek professional installation services.

A tankless water heater serves one faucet at a time, meaning you can’t get hot water at two spots in your home simultaneously. If you want a hot shower, you’ll have to make sure the hot water isn’t already being used by your dishwasher, washing machine, or even another sink or bathtub in the home.

So, is a tankless water heater right for you? If you have a smaller home, or you don’t anticipate needing hot water from several faucets at once, it very well could be the best option, but only if it’s installed properly by a trained professional.

Contact Bradbury Thornton Plumbing Services in the Woodlands, TX, area for all your water heater and plumbing needs.

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