Tankless Water Heater Pros & Cons

Enjoying an uninterrupted supply of hot water is possible, thanks to tankless water heaters. Long hot showers feel more amazing if you aren’t worried that the next person will run out of hot water. While you’re enjoying a bath, you may even run the dishwasher and use your washing machine at the same time.


Thinking of switching to a tankless water heater? Read on for tankless water heaters pros and cons!

The Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters


1. Compared to traditional tank type water heaters that store heated water, tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient, as they provide hot water on demand. With a tankless water heater, you save energy, water, and money. Arguably, this is the most significant advantage of tankless water heaters.


2. They take up less space, too, since they don’t come with storage abilities. If you have limited space at home, you may benefit from installing a tankless water heater.


3. If your tank leaks and causes a catastrophic mess, water damage becomes a real possibility. Without a tank that holds water, a tankless water heater – by design- reduces leak risks. If ever it leaks, the damage is far less than what a leaking tank heater will bring.


But it’s still a smart idea to install a drain pan anyway. If your tankless water heater leaks, the drain pain can contain the water while you’re waiting for help to arrive.

The Downside of Tankless Water Heaters


1. Tankless water heaters significantly cost more to buy and install compared to tank-style heaters. You may have to spend up to 3x more upfront with tankless water heaters, including installation costs.


2. Installing your unit may come with additional costs, such as venting (which can get pricey). This will depend on the kind of tankless water heater you’ll install. All gas tankless water heaters need to be properly vented, but electric ones won’t.


3. You might need to install a water softener, which isn’t free. This is strongly recommended if you live in a hard water area since hard water can negatively impact the performance of your tankless water heater.


In fact, the mineral buildup is one of the most common issues you might be dealing with if you have a tankless water heater. Most warranties won’t cover damages from mineral build-up. So it’s important to descale and flush the unit at least once a year.

Enjoy an uninterrupted supply of hot water


If you have any questions about installing or getting the most out of your tankless water heater at home, reach out to our experienced and knowledgeable plumbers so we can address your concerns right away.


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