Tankless water heaters
Tankless water heaters provide a continuous supply of hot water upon demand. That explains their growing popularity. But, are they the best solution for your home’s hot water needs?
Tankless water heaters: how they work
Tankless water heaters don’t store a supply of hot water the way traditional tank water heaters do. Instead, when tankless water heaters sense when you open a tap for a shower, sink, or any appliance drawing hot water, it instantly heats water as it passes through a manifold. Cold water comes in, hot water comes out. And, it keeps coming as long as you need it.
Are tankless heaters right for you?
While tankless water heaters are an increasingly popular option, there are drawbacks. While tankless water heaters can generate a continuous supply of hot water, it can only provide a set volume of it. MoreVent’s licensed plumbers first calculate your demand and quote you the appropriate sized unit.
While these units are more efficient, they demand a greater gas supply than traditional hot water heaters. You should factor a possible upgrade of the gas line and possibly your gas service into the cost of switching to tankless.
Your water heater of choice
Whether you choose tank or tankless, the decision comes down to personal choice. As with tank water heaters, factor your hot water demand, cost differential between a tank and tankless unit, the cost of operating each and how long it will take to realize a return on your investment.
Tankless water heaters are more efficient than traditional tank water heaters. But, getting a payback on the cost of switching can take five to seven years. If you plan on relocating in less time, it may be wiser to stick with a traditional tank water heater.