A tankless water heater is a very wise investment in many circumstances. The idea of a tankless water heater makes one envision having no storage tank in a utility closet or garage. These storage tanks are known for losing heat sometimes and for breaking down unexpectedly. On demand tankless water heaters offer potentially limitless hot water to your various appliances in the house. It should be known that most tankless water heaters can handle up to two different appliances at the same time. Many models are designed to handle only one appliance’s hot water needs at a time though. A washer and a shower can be more than some tankless water heaters can handle at one time.
A tankless water heater does need a certain amount of water to flow through it to activate it sometimes. Small quick shots of water may not be heated thoroughly. Tankless water heaters come in gas and electric, just like a tank-type water heater. The electric tankless water heater will be turned on and running all the time. This will not save you as much money as a gas tankless water heater could potentially save. The gas tankless water heater may be able to have its pilot light turned on and off as needs be. This can make a gas tankless water heater save quite a bit on the gas bill every month. However, it should be realized that you the owner will have to remember to turn the pilot light on and off every time you want hot water. Tankless water heaters are perfect for situations in which the need for hot water is very small.
Some places that tankless water heaters can be a great asset are sinks in small offices where everyone washes hands. A tankless water heater can be fixed in motor homes that are not in use for parts of the year. The same can be said for a vacation home that is not used for most of the year. Households with only one or two people are perfect for a tankless water heater system. The chances of not having hot water when needed is virtually nonexistent.
Some aspects of the tankless water heater to think about are: How much to install? How long will it last? How many qualified professionals can service the unit after installation? Many tankless water heaters cost more than double to install than a tank-type unit. Some tankless water heaters cost as much or a little less than a tank-type unit though. Let your needs dictate your course of action, not just the price. Tankless water heaters almost always outlive the standard tank-type unit. Many plumbing companies can service a tankless water heater nowadays. You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding qualified professionals.
Tankless water heaters are the norm in parts of Asia and all of Europe. The people in these areas are used to having to participate in the using of hot water for their households. People in the United States are used to tank-type water heaters and not worrying about whether hot water will be there or not.