Pros and Cons: Tankless Water Heaters

Pros and Cons: Tankless Water HeatersThe disadvantages of a traditional water heater such as the constant heating of your water supply even when you’re asleep or at work make it worthwhile to look for an alternative. A tankless water heater warms up your water only as it’s needed. But that doesn’t imply it will be perfect for your household. First, take the time to learn its pros and cons.

Pros of Using Tankless Water Heaters

  • Efficiency – These units are more energy-efficient than regular tank heaters because they don’t produce standby energy losses.
  • Longer Lifespan – Regular tank water heaters have a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years whereas most tankless ones last for more than 20 years with little maintenance. If you’re planning to stay in your current home for long, you’ll save on replacement costs.
  • Reliable Performance – Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand at a rate of two to five gallons per minute. They can deliver water indefinitely. With a storage tank heater, you can experience the inconvenience of running out of hot water and having to wait for the tank to refill.
  • Compact Size – Tankless water heaters have a compact design that saves space.
  • Clean Water – With a tankless water heater, you avoid the hazard of using water that has been exposed to the rust and scale that can accumulate in a storage tank.

Cons of Using Tankless Water Heaters

  • High Initial Costs – A tankless heater can cost up to thrice as much as a tank heater and usually requires a specialist to install it.
  • Complicated Retrofit – A gas-fired model requires a special ventilation system. You’ll have to hire a professional to handle the task. An electric model may require your electrical system to be upgraded, meaning you’ll have to hire an electrician.

With this basic information, you can now decide whether a tankless water heater is a great investment. If you’re still unsure if this water heater is right for you, please contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, and we’ll be happy to help. We serve the San Diego area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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  • It’s difficult to find well-informed people in this
    particular subject, but you sound likke you know what you’re talkking about!
    Thanks

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  • Great post! I’ve always wondered how accurate the tankless water heaters are since a shower that suddenly gets hot or cold is no fun.
    Any thoughts on that? Can the temperature change suddenly?
    I’m more familiar with reverse osmosis water filters than water heaters.
    Thanks for the post!

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    • The temperature is set to a degree that you manually choose on the tankless system, it’s is very consistent and won’t change degrees suddenly.

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  • Hi, thanks for the valuable information. These pros and cons would definitely helpful for my next purchase of tankless water heater. I like to see more informative blogs in the future.

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    • Thanks for reading! Glad this was helpful!

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