Things to Know before You Install an On-Demand Water Heater
If you just built or bought a new house, or you’re planning on upgrading the plumbing in your home, one of the first things you’ve probably considered is a tankless water heater. Let’s be clear—the technology has come a long, long way in the past few years. You won’t have to worry about how long you can be in the shower or whether the water will ever get hotter than lukewarm. There are distinct pros and cons to installing a tankless water heater.
The Benefits of Going Tankless
For many people, the most compelling reason to go tankless is the size of the tankless water heater. Because the water is heated on-demand, you don’t need to carve out a big space in your house or basement for a 50 gallon tank. The unit can typically be mounted on a wall in the back of a closet.
Another big plus with a tankless water heater is that you’ll never run out of water. If two or more of you take a shower in the morning, you won’t have to worry about emptying all the hot water in the tank.
Tankless water heaters typically have a longer useful life, customarily around 15 years, compared to tank type water heaters, which last about 10 years.
In addition, because you only heat water when you need it, you will customarily experience lower energy bills with a tankless water heater.
Some of the Challenges of Going Tankless
The initial installation of a tankless water heating system is usually significantly higher than for a tank-type water heater. There are specific venting requirements and you may need a larger gas line to accommodate the system.
In addition, even though you’ll have hot water continuously, there’s a limit to how much can be produced at a given time. You might not get hot water if you have a shower, dishwasher and washing machine running simultaneously.
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