If you’re in the market for a new water heater or if you’re just trying to make your home as energy-efficient as possible, you may be wondering if tankless water heaters are better than traditional models. Really, there are pros and cons to a tankless unit so the decision is not black and white – it’s more of an individual one.
For starters, let’s analyze the benefits of a tankless water heater:
- They will never run out of hot water – nice!
- They last 5 to 10 years longer than tank units.
- They are more energy-efficient.
- They do not involve standby heat loss.
- They are smaller than tank models.
- They can be installed on a wall.
- Because of their design, they don’t have any issues with flooding.
- Most of the units can be operated by a remote control.
- They can be installed outside with an anti-freeze kit.
- A small unit can even be installed in a closet or under a cabinet.
- They can save you up to 20 percent on your water heating costs.
- The electrical units are Earth-friendly because they don’t emit greenhouse gasses.
What Are the Drawbacks?
The drawbacks or cons of a tankless water heater include:
- They cost a lot more than a tank unit, up to three times more.
- It may be necessary to add a larger natural gas line so the unit can be supplied with enough fuel.
- The gas-powered units do emit greenhouse gasses.
- The electric models do use a lot of energy.
- Due to the lag time, you may need to run the water to get hot water, which can increase the amount of water waste.
- The electric units may require an additional circuit.
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To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of tankless water heaters, click here to see what energy.gov has to say about them! If you need help repairing or replacing a hot water heater, contact Excalibur Plumbing today.