If you’re looking for a way to get instant hot water for showers, washing the dishes, or even making coffee and tea, then a tankless water heater is the best way to get it. However, like with any other piece of technology, tankless water heaters come with their own list of pros and cons. Let’s talk a little bit about those, shall we?
Hold On! What is a Tankless Water Heater, Anyway?
Well, before we break down the pros and cons of tankless water heaters, we should probably explain what they are in the first place. Well, like their traditional tanked counterparts, tankless water heaters heat water. Both types do so with a heating element powered by natural gas, propane, or electricity. The significant difference between these two common types of water heaters is that tankless ones don’t store hot water in a tank. Instead, they use much more powerful heating elements to heat water on an on-demand basis instantaneously.
Okay, now that you know a little bit more about how tankless water heaters work, let’s get into the advantages and disadvantages.
Tankless Water Heaters – The Pros
The advantages of tankless water heaters include:
- Instant Hot Water: The most significant advantage of tankless water heaters is instantaneous hot water for bathing, doing the dishes, and even making coffee or tea.
- The Smallest Water Heaters: Tankless water heaters are the smallest of the two most common types of water heaters in the area. In fact, they’re so small that they can fit in spaces that a full-sized tanked water heater couldn’t dream of fitting. The small form-factor of tankless water heaters makes them ideal for apartments, tiny homes, and other small footprint living areas.
- Energy-Efficiency: In households that use fewer than 41 gallons of hot water per day, tankless water heaters are much more efficient. A more efficient water heater saves you money, as well as helps protect the environment.
Tankless Water Heaters – The Cons
As with any other appliance, tankless water heaters come with their own list of disadvantages. The cons of tankless water heaters include:
- Expense: The worst part about tankless water heaters is that both the installation and the units themselves are more expensive. However, since they’re more efficient, you’ll make up that added cost in no time flat with instant hot water! Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
- Comparatively Low-Capacity: When compared to other varieties of water heaters, tankless water heaters are lower-capacity. Since they don’t have a tank to store hot water, tankless water heaters have to heat water on an on-demand basis. So, if more than one or two people in your house like to take showers (in separate showers) at the same time, then a tankless water heater might not be your best option.
Well, there you have it. The pros and cons of tankless water heaters. If you’d like to learn more about tankless water heaters or have one repaired or installed, then contact us. The professional plumbers here at Marti’s Plumbing Service are always standing by to help.