Why You Should Consider a Tankless Water Heater

How often would you say you have to stand outside your shower waiting for hot water? Do you find yourself worrying about leaks in your traditional water heater or sediment build-up that’ll result in high energy bills? If you relate to any of this, it’s worth your time to consider changing to a tankless water heater.

Summer is upon us, and that’s the perfect time to convert your home’s water heating system. As it gets hotter outside, your household will start to use less water, and a tankless water system will make sure that you’re not wasting money on water you don’t need.

But what’s the difference between tankless water heaters and the traditional, tank-based variety? Let’s go into the details so you can decide which model is right for you.

Tanked vs. Tankless Water Heaters

A tank-based water heater stores anywhere between 20-80 gallons of water at all times. This water is used every time someone takes a shower or does anything else that opens the hot water taps. As it dispenses water, cold water refills in the tank and begins to re-heat.

This process will leave you without hot water for an hour or so if your household uses enough of it. But with tankless water heaters, the water is heated on demand. It’s considered far more reliable than a tank storage water heater, though tankless versions also tend to face output challenges and can struggle heating multiple appliances at once.

If you have a large household, that doesn’t completely nullify the possible water use and savings you can get from a tankless upgrade. With the space and money, it can save, you may even want to consider installing multiple tankless water heaters to suit your family’s needs.

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters primarily help in terms of efficiency. By making the switch, you can lower your home’s energy output up to 34%, and your utility bills will reflect that. While an empty tank-based water heater can weigh over 100 pounds, a tankless heater weighs one-fourth of that and takes up about two square feet of space.

While a tankless water heater costs more initially, consumer reports have shown that going tankless can make your home’s efficiency 22% higher than it would be with a traditional model. Because of this ecological advantage, you can use the expense of installation to get a $300 tax credit on your next tax return. Add this to the amount you save on utility and repair costs, and you’ll get back the cost of your tankless water heater well within its lifespan.

What a life it’ll be! You might already know that traditional water heaters need to be replaced every ten years to ensure efficiency and safety. But tankless water heaters will last twice that and then some, as long as you’re able to keep up with annual maintenance appointments with a professional like Stith Plumbing and HVAC.

A tankless water heater is a commitment, but with the right team on your side, it can be a very worthwhile one. At Stith Plumbing and HVAC, we think—no, we know we’re the right team for you.

Installing Tankless Water Heaters with Stith Plumbing and HVAC

You might learn, looking into tankless water heaters, that installation is a much more involved process than it is for traditional models. Depending on your home and the type of heater you choose, you’ll be dealing with electricity and natural gas. These are both dangerous unless handled expertly and with the right training.

Our team of professional technicians will help with a tankless water heater installation regardless of what utility hookups are already in your home. And once it’s installed, we’re there if your heater malfunctions and requires support. When it comes to maintenance or repair for your tankless water heater, we want to be the first ones you call.

If you’re considering a tankless water heater and find yourself searching the web for “plumbers near me,” you’re already in the right place. Stitch Plumbing and HVAC will take you through every step to make sure you don’t get stuck again without hot water.