Despite their increasing popularity, some people still do not trust tankless water heaters to give them the hot water for a whole house they need. Before you need to choose a plumbing appliance for heating your home’s water, learn the truth behind these common tankless water heater myths.
1. Tankless Water Heaters Are Expensive
While initially, the prices of tank models cost less than tankless, comparing the costs of operation and longevity makes one a better investment. Tankless models use less energy and can cut up to 20% off your energy bills.
2. Tankless Water Heaters Don’t Last Long
Another factor in choosing any investment for your home is considering how long the addition will last. Tank water heaters usually only last a decade, but this longevity shrinks in homes with hard water or those who do not change the heating element regularly.
Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years. Part of the reason behind their longevity is the lack of a tank holding water. In tank models, minerals from the water settle to the bottom of the tank, creating a layer of deposits that can ruin the water heater and reduce its efficiency. Since they don’t hold large amounts of water for extended times, tankless models last longer.
3. Tankless Models Don’t Heat Enough Water for a House
Tank heating units can only heat as much water as they can hold. If you have a large house or several people in your family, you will need a bigger tank to accommodate all the showers, baths, laundry loads, and dishwashing. Should someone in your home want to take an extra-long shower and uses up all the hot water, you may have to wait half an hour or longer for the water in the tank to reheat.
Tankless models offer an unlimited supply of hot water. As water passes through, the unit heats it. Without constraints of a tank, tankless models work better for large homes that frequently use all the hot water in a normal tank water heater.
4. You Can’t Control the Water Temperature
Just as you can adjust the temperature on a tank water heater to save money and make the hot water safer, you can do the same with tankless models. Be sure to consult the model’s information for the process of changing the temperature to keep the hot water from scalding you when you use it.
5. Water Arrives at the Faucet Instantly
Some people confuse tankless water heaters’ ability to heat water instantly with immediate delivery to the faucet. However, the water still has to travel through pipes before it gets to the faucet. The farther a faucet is from the water heater, the longer it will take for the hot water to arrive.
6. You Can Install a Tankless Water Heater Alone
Installing tankless water heaters is a not simple task. You will likely need to make some adjustments to your home to allow the accommodation of a new tankless model. Don’t do this job yourself. Get professional installation and a range of quality water heaters by calling us at Best Service Plumber at 951-520-8557.