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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Me?

tankless-water-heaterA world in which you have no options available to you is not one that you’d want to live in, right? From the cars that we drive to the clothing that we wear and the colors that we paint our houses, we are constantly making decisions about our lifestyles based on our own personal user preferences. This extends to the selection of appliances for your home, the water heater included. Before investing in a new water heater, you are wise to weigh your options carefully.

The tank water heater is still the most popular type of water heater available to homeowners today. However, it is not the only choice available, nor is it necessarily the best choice for every homeowner. While it certainly suits many, others may find that using a tankless water heater in Tucson, AZ is right for them. We suggest you consider the following information to start deciding if it is indeed right for you. 

How Does It Work?

A tank water heater, which is what most homeowners are directly familiar with, continuously heats a tank of water. When hot water is drained out of the system, new cold water enters it. The temperature is adjusted until it reaches the desired level, and the hot water is stored until it is needed.

Because a tankless water heater does not have a storage tank, it obviously doesn’t store water. So how does it provide hot water for a home? With an on-demand style of operation. Basically, the system just heats the water that is needed, as it is needed.

When you call for hot water at any given outlet in your home, be it the sink or the washing machine, cold water enters the system. It is heated very rapidly as it passes through the system, and water continues to flow through the heater until you shut off the demand. There are a few different benefits to using this type of water heater.

Pros (and Cons) of the Tankless Water Heater

No water heater is perfect. There are a lot of great products and designs on the market today, but they all have their pros and cons. It’s not a matter of finding the perfect water heater, but a matter of finding the one that is perfect for you.

  • Tankless water heaters are compact, so they can save room in tight areas.
  • Tankless water heaters are efficient, as they do not suffer from standby energy loss (wherein heat from the water in the storage tank passes through the tank, requiring the water be brought back up to temperature).
  • Tankless water heaters last a very long time, typically from 20–25 years! Tank water heaters generally last from 12-15.

Sounds great, right? Well, we did mention that there are some cons. You have to decide what you want to prioritize when purchasing a new water heater.

  • Tankless water heaters cost much more than tank models up front. However, the long term energy savings can offset that initial investment given the time.
  • Tankless water heaters may be more easily overwhelmed in homes with frequently high, simultaneous demand for hot water. If you are frequently running the dishwasher and washing machine while the kids are lined up for showers, a tank system may be more up your alley.

Contact The Sunny Plumber Tucson with any questions that you may have. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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