Tankless water heaters (also called on-demand water heaters) don’t store hot water in a tank. Instead, they supply hot water only when it’s needed.
Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
- Saves money in the long run (According to gov, they are 24%–34% more energy efficient than storage tank water heaters.)
- Takes up less space than a storage tank water heater (smaller, and can be wall-mounted)
- Lasts longer (almost double that of a storage tank water heater)
- Provides hot water on demand (2-3 gallons/minute)
- Higher upfront cost
- Home may need to be retrofitted (added cost)
- Homes with electric utilities may need to be upgraded (electrician fee)
A few things to consider before making the decision to go tankless:
- How much demand for hot water is there in your household?
- Do you run gas or electric? An electric model will need the proper voltage, gas-fired models require venting.
- Where will it be installed? Tankless water heaters must be placed within 50 feet of a power source (although they can be mounted on either an interior or exterior wall)
Natural gas tankless water heaters are about 23% more efficient than a traditional water tank, according to the Department of Energy, and can save your household about $108/year in energy costs. With your purchase, you may qualify for a $300 federal tax rebate. Your state may offer additional incentives.
Unless you have professional-level skills, installing a tankless water heater is not a do-it yourself project.
Competency, skill, and a tradition of excellence make Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer the best choice for your water heater installation needs. All of our plumbers are licensed professionals with extensive industry knowledge. Contact us today at 314-645-6350 or here for more information or to request a bid.
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