Tankless, or instant, water heaters certainly have appealing aspects like never running out of hot water. But before you make the decision to purchase one, take a few minutes to decide if a tankless water heater is right for your home and family.
Tankless water heaters are known for their endless supply of hot water, but they also help homeowners save on energy costs.
Keep reading or reach out to our Brooklyn water heater experts to learn more about tankless water heaters and if it’s the right fit for your needs!
The average traditional water heater is about 54 to 60 inches tall and 20 inches in diameter while a tankless unit is only about 27 inches tall, 18 inches wide and 10 inches deep.
There are some issues that might cause some minor leaks but these won’t flood your entire basement or utility room.
Tankless units last about 20 years while a traditional water heater lasts about 10 years.
Since they do not have a tank, dangerous amounts of sediment build-up cannot occur, making it explosion-proof.
However, a tankless water heater is not for everyone. Some issues include:
Traditional water heaters cost, on average, about a third less to purchase and install than their tankless counterparts. This is mostly because of the special wiring and other retrofitting that must be done to install a tankless unit.
While both types sometimes take a bit to deliver hot water, tankless water heaters can be a bit slower because the cool water in the pipes has to flush out before the heated water arrives.
A traditional water heater stores several gallons of heated water that can be used before it also cools down due to a power outage. However, a tankless unit cannot produce any hot water without electricity.
If you are considering a tankless water heater, your Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating offer both tankless and traditional water heaters. Give us a call if you have any questions or to set up a consultation!