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Understanding Tankless Water Heaters

If homeowners are looking for an energy-efficient way to provide hot water, tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, are quickly becoming a popular choice for homeowners. Tankless water heaters can provide an unlimited hot water supply on demand and typically come with lower operating costs than traditional storage-tank water heaters. This blog post will discuss the benefits of using a tankless water heater, how it works, and signs to replace an old water heater. 

Signs a Home Needs Water Heater Replacement

cold showerAs with any appliance, a water heater cannot last forever. Traditional storage water heaters typically last 8-12 years, and tankless water heaters can last 20. Even with proper maintenance, there will come a point when it can no longer function and must be replaced. There are usually subtle and not-so-subtle signs to indicate this. Some of those indicators are:

  • Hot water doesn’t last as long as it previously did. 
  • The water temperature is inconsistent.
  • The tank makes unusual sounds like creaking, popping, or screeching. 
  • Rusty-colored water comes from the tap.
  • There is corrosion
  • The water heater tank is leaking. 

The Inner Workings of the Tankless Hot Water Heater

A tankless water heater operates differently than traditional water heaters. Instead of having a large tank of pre-heated water, it uses heating elements to warm the water only as needed. This means the tankless system is only active when hot water is used, making it more efficient and cost-effective in the long run. Because they can heat the water so quickly, they do not require a large tank and do not waste energy maintaining the water temperature in the tank. 

Tankless water heaters are also known as “on-demand” systems, meaning they only heat water when needed. Traditional tank systems must constantly maintain a reserve of hot water in the hot water tank, even when no one is using it. This means that energy and money are wasted keeping this reserve hot, whereas tankless water heaters only use energy when hot water is needed. 

Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater?

saveLower energy consumption is an advantage of tankless water heaters, but there are also additional benefits. More benefits of installing a tankless or on-demand water heater are:

  • Lower Energy Bills: Though the initial cost of a tankless water heater can be higher than its more traditional counterparts, it will save enough money in energy consumption that it will pay for itself.
  • Takes Up Less Space: One of the benefits of the tankless water heater is its size because it doesn’t need a large storage tank like other water heaters, meaning it can be installed almost anywhere and leaves plenty of extra room for storage.
  • Unlimited Hot Water: One of the most enjoyable benefits of this type of water heater is that hot water is practically endless because it heats water as needed and doesn’t have a set amount of hot water like a tank does. 

About Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Inc.

Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Inc. have 20 years of experience serving Orlando and the surrounding communities. They provide 24/7 emergency response, no overtime charges, and fast turnarounds. Call them today for tankless water heater services in Orlando, FL

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