A hot shower is one of life’s simple pleasures and a tankless water heater makes more of these possible. Whether you’re shaking off the chill from outdoors, have stuck with a New Year’s resolution to regularly work out, or if you have teenagers in the house, a tankless water heater is an easy home improvement.
It’s easy to imagine the conventional water heater will decrease in popularity because the technology used in a tankless water heater benefits homeowners in so many ways.
The Downside of a Traditional Tank Water Heater
Objectively, it sounds impractical. Fire up the energy needed to heat this giant tank of water to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Now keep it at this temperature indefinitely. Overnight when we don’t need it. All day long when we’re at work or school and don’t need it. While we’re on vacation and don’t need it. Collectively, this wastes a lot of energy.
Some have a “vacation” setting, but truly, how many people make a point to do this in the hustle and bustle of leaving the house?
Secondly, the reserved water loses heat while it’s stored. Known as “heat loss,” the water heater tank continues to heat the entire tank of water, even as the heat dissipates.
If your water heater tank is located in the garage or unfinished basement space, it could fight the colder temperatures of the uninsulated space.
The odds seem stacked against success here. Some people buy the “blankets” for older water heaters to guard against heat loss.
Lastly, the tank eventually empties as it’s used. Typically at inconvenient times. If you’re the last of a group to shower or if a family member runs a load of laundry or the dishwasher prior to your shower, you could be in for a cold shower.
Why a Tankless Water Heater is a Popular Choice
A Tankless Water Heater has a Smaller Footprint
Unlike a traditional tank water heater, the tankless water heater heats water on demand. Because there’s no storage of hot water, the tankless model is much smaller. Most look like a small white suitcase mounted on the wall.
Some models are small enough to be mounted in cabinets or closets near the point-of-use. This frees up extra space in your storage area.
A Tankless Water Heater Saves Energy and Money Each Month
When you need hot water, cold water circulates through a heat exchanger. Electrically-heated coils or powerful gas burners heat the water as it moves toward the faucet or appliance.
This smart use of energy saves up to 34 percent or $100 or more per year for the average family, according to the Department of Energy.
There’s Less Waste with a Tankless Water Heater
In addition to less energy waste, the unit itself is a better use of resources over time. A tankless water heater easily lasts more than 20 years. A conventional tank water heater has a lifespan closer to 10 to 13 years.
This is partly due to the tank’s accumulation of corrosive minerals in the bottom of the tank. Over time, the heating elements bake these minerals onto the bottom of the inner surface which reduces the efficiency further.
If your tankless heater needs a replacement part, this is remedied easily. A leaky tank water heater, on the other hand, must be replaced. This adds another giant tank to the landfill.
Keep Your Tankless Water Heater in Top Shape with Apollo Home
The most valuable part in a tankless water heater is the heat exchanger. Be sure to familiarize yourself with its warranty. Most heat exchanger warranties last between five and twelve years.
To keep your warranty valid, it’s important to have a service provider experienced in working with tankless water heaters perform annual maintenance. Apollo Home’s expert plumbers know how to conduct tankless water heater maintenance and repairs.
For the most convenience, join the Apollo Care Plan. Members enjoy two HVAC tune-ups each year as well as annual plumbing and electrical evaluations. When you join you’ll also enjoy a VIP phone number and access to priority scheduling.
It is an easy way to stay on top of the health of your home’s mechanical systems. Call us today for a free estimate or to schedule a service call.