What to Consider Before You Switch to a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, have gained much traction in the plumbing world in recent years. With so many people touting their benefits, you may have thought about switching to a tankless water heater. However, is one of these units right for your home? The professionals at Timothy Off recommend that you consider the following when deciding on what type to buy.
High Upfront and Installation Costs
The cost to buy and install a tankless water heater is significantly higher than a convention unit, averaging about three times more. Higher installation costs make up the bulk of the expense as special wiring is often required, along with a new vent pipe for some models. Some manufacturers also require the purchase of a water softener in areas that have hard water, adding to the cost. Not all plumbing professionals know how to install tankless water heaters, either. These factors can make it more difficult for homeowners on a budget to get a tankless water heater, especially when they have an emergency.
Cost Saving Benefits May Take Years to Realize
Many people tout the energy savings you’ll get when you switch to a tankless water heater, but in reality, years may pass before you realize the cost-savings benefits. The costs of running your water heater will generally be lower, but studies indicate it could take up to six years for your lower energy costs to make up for the higher upfront costs. Savings commonly occur when homes with high water demands, so if you have a small family, you may wonder why you spent so much money for such a slight difference.
Gas Systems are Energy Hogs
Unlike traditional water heaters, the pilot light when you switch to a tankless water heater system is always on so it can produce hot water on demand. These heaters constantly use power so that cost savings could be completely wiped out.
Water Will Arrive Slower When Switching to a Tankless Water Heater
Although you probably have seen advertisements for instant hot water, that really isn’t the case. Tankless systems don’t keep a supply of hot water ready to flow. Neither do traditional systems, but there will always be a supply of lukewarm water present in the system available until the heated water arrives.
Inconsistent Water Temperature when Multiple Faucets or Appliances in Use
If multiple household members take showers simultaneously, the water delivered to each may be inconsistent. The same can happen if you have a dishwasher running. You may have purchased a tankless unit with a flow rate that won’t be able to keep up with your requirements.
Enduring a Cold Water Sandwich
Cold water sandwiches occur when you switch to a tankless water heater, and you feel an initial surge of hot water, followed by cold and then hot again. This situation occurs when you quickly turn the water on and off.
Contact Timothy Off for the Best Advice on Water heater Installation
The plumbing professionals at Timothy Off will provide you with sound advice when it’s time to replace your residential water heater. Schedule your free quote today by contacting us today. We will install a quality water heater that will fit your family’s needs and budget.