Hot Takes: 3 Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

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Hot Takes: 3 Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

Always Affordable Plumbing in Sacramento Explains Why You Might Want to Ditch the Tank

Consider a Switch to a No-Tank System

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Any Sacramento plumber will tell you: Your gas water heater tank has a life expectancy of eight to 12 years. While electric water heater tanks last longer, they generally tap out at 15 years. And that’s with proper maintenance, of course.

Meanwhile, a tankless water heater has an expected lifespan of 20 years—or more.

Maybe you’re worrying and waiting for your tankless heater to fail. Or maybe you find that you never have hot water when you want or need it. A tankless water heater may be just the thing to give you peace of mind (and plenty of hot water ).

To anyone considering making the switch, here are three benefits of a tankless hot water heater for your home.

Top Three Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater:
    1. Hot water on demand
    2. Reduced energy costs
    3. Reduced risk of extensive water damage

Having Hot Water On Demand

Firstly, we can all agree on one thing: We install hot waters so we can have hot water whenever we want it. Tank water heaters are generally good at this. However, they do have their limitations. For example, if you have a large family that takes a lot of showers, you will run out of hot water quickly. On the other hand, you may have a small family that takes long showers. Either way, you end up with the same problem: lukewarm or even cold water if you’re last on the shower list.

This is because when a tank is out of hot water, you have to wait for it to heat new water. This takes time.

On the other hand, tankless water heaters only heat water when you need it. Cold water coming in runs through tubes that pass through a heat exchanger. By the time it flows out the other end, the water is as toasty as you need. Heating as you go instead of using up stored hot water means every member of the family can have a hot shower.

Saving Energy

By some estimates, tank heaters waste up to 50 percent of the gas they burn.

Tank water heaters are “always on.” In other words, they are constantly using energy to keep the water inside hot, so it’s ready when you are. As a result, their energy use is significant. Consequently, energy bills can be significant, too.

Tankless heaters only power up to heat water when hot water is being used. That is to say, they’re not chugging away all night “just in case” someone wants to scrub some pans or take a bath at 2 a.m.

By some estimates, tank heaters waste up to 50 percent of the gas they burn. Tankless heaters are much more efficient. To sum up, they may be more expensive at the outset, but they can save you money in the long run.

Lowering Risk of Disaster

One of the biggest risks associated with tank water heaters is catastrophic disaster. Constantly filling up with dozens of gallons of water, then heating it, is hard work. Eventually, tank heaters give up. And when they do, they don’t typically just stop heating water. To clarify: They leak. During a tank water heater failure, all of that water inside comes out. Meanwhile, everything in that water’s path gets soaked. For example, your wood flooring in your hallway, your boxes in the garage, or your upstairs carpet. Wherever your tank water is, you could have water in the future.

Any appliance or device hooked into a home’s water system can potentially leak. But tankless water heaters have only tubing that water passes through to heat on demand. There is no tank to empty out. As a result, you can enjoy your hot water without worry of a tank’s worth spilling into your life and causing major problems.

Ready to Make the Switch?

Subbing a new tankless heater in for an old tank-based system is a complex process. Call a professional for help to ensure everything is installed properly. Reach Always Affordable Plumbing at (916) 970-009 to schedule an installation. Then enjoy hot water any time you want it!

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