A tankless water heater, unlike its conventional tank counterpart, does not have a tank to store water. Instead, the water is heated instantly via a copper heat exchanger as it flows through the unit. This saves you on energy costs over time, as hot water is heated only on an as-needed basis. To install this practical and convenient unit, contact us for installation services in Rowland Heights and surrounding areas in Southern California. Read on to learn more about the benefits of tankless water heaters, and if this unit is right for you.
What are the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?
A tankless water heater has several advantages over the conventional tank unit. While a tankless unit does involve higher upfront costs, you will enjoy great energy savings over time that these savings can end up paying for the initial cost of your tankless unit!
- continuous and plentiful flow of hot water
- space efficiency (tankless units can be mounted directly onto the wall, or installed under cabinets or crawlspaces)
- temperature control that helps you avoid dangerous spikes or drops in temperature or pressure while the unit is in use
- longer lifecycle (over twenty years, compared to ten years with a tank unit)
- decreased risk of water damage (since there is no tank, you don’t have to worry about ruptured or leaking tanks)
What are Common Problems with Tankless Water Heaters?
Repairs and maintenance needs are simpler than you’d expect. Common tankless water heater problems include corrosion, mineral buildup, and overload. Tankless heaters are made of durable materials, but they can still corrode due to the drip of accumulated condensation onto the burner. Calcium and magnesium, often found in hard water, can build up in your unit and decrease its efficiency. To combat this, we recommend installing an electronic descaler. Avoid unit overload by installing more than one tankless water heater in your home, positioned at convenient points of water entry.
Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?
While the benefits are great, a tankless water heater will be a better investment for some households, and unnecessary for others.
If you live in a larger household, with several baths or showers and several loads of laundry throughout the day, you will benefit greatly from a tankless water heater.
On the other hand, if you live in a smaller household, and take no more than 2-3 showers or wash more than 1-2 loads of laundry per day, a tankless water heater may not be worth the investment.
However, if you live in a small household and are trying to save space, a tankless unit is a great way to free up some room!
Still not sure if a tankless unit is right for you? Contact the team at Daniel Cordova Plumbing for advice and recommendations!