You may not give much thought to your water heater unless it’s not working properly. Even if you aren’t having water heater problems, however, you may want to consider upgrading to a tankless model if your current water heater is getting up there in age. A tankless water heater can offer many unique benefits, including reduced energy usage and limitless hot water. In this article, we’ll review some key information to help you decide whether this type of water heater is the right fit for your home.
For more on tankless water heaters and installation here in Natchitoches, Louisiana, call us at AxsomAir Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.
What advantages do tankless water heaters have?
1. Unlimited hot water
One of the key challenges traditional water heaters face is that the size of the tank determines how much hot water you can access immediately. A tankless water heater doesn’t have any restrictions on how much hot water you can use at a time. The unit will simply keep heating water as long as you need it to. This may be an important benefit if you have a large family. It’s also helpful if you have to draw enough hot water to fill a large soaking tub.
2. Reduced risk of water damage
Since a tankless water heater doesn’t have a reservoir for water storage, you don’t have to worry about a leak or malfunction leading to a small flood in your home. This can be especially important if your water heater sits in an out-of-the-way corner of your house. The risk of water damage occurring without your knowledge is minimal. Tankless systems are not at risk to “burst” like conventional water heaters are, because they do not store hot water under pressure.
3. Improved energy efficiency
One of the significant advantages of tankless water heaters is their low energy usage. They don’t need to continuously heat a large reservoir of water; instead, they only turn on when you need them to. This type of on-demand operation can reduce the energy draw of heating water for your home. It is also easy to find tankless models with energy-efficiency certifications, which could reduce your utility bills even more. Finally, some utility companies offer rebates for tankless water heater installation, so there’s the potential to save even more.
4. Smaller physical footprint
Tankless water heaters don’t take up as much space as traditional models that need to hold many gallons of water. Many styles are installed on the wall, making them easy to fit, even in tight garages, crawlspaces, or basements. Freeing up space can make it easier to access your home’s infrastructure and HVAC equipment. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about keeping the nearby area clear, because there is no risk of a tank burst that could flood part of your home.
5. Increased longevity
In most cases, homeowners can expect their tankless water heater to have a much longer lifespan than standard models. They don’t have to operate continuously, and their small size means there are fewer parts that can break down over time. Most critically, they do not have to store water, which reduces corrosion. If you maintain a tankless water heater properly, it can last for up to 20 years. This may be twice as long as an average tank water heater lasts—something that you should factor into the initial purchase price.
6. Reduced maintenance
With routine household use, a tankless water heater may only need to be serviced every few years. This is far less than the annual service appointment many tank models require. The only yearly maintenance you may need to complete for a tankless model is to descale mineral buildup if you live in an area with hard water.
Call AxsomAir to learn more about tankless water heater installation
AxsomAir has been providing water heater repair and replacement services for over 20 years. We have the experience and knowledge to help you choose the right equipment for your home. If you think a tankless water heater may be a good fit, you can contact us to learn about the different models we offer and get details on installation. We can help you decide which option will best meet your needs.