Introducing the Tankless Water Heater
Water heaters are crucial for every home’s kitchen and bathroom. They provide hot water for washing hands and are responsible for just how relaxing a shower can be in the morning. To save money without reducing heat, tankless water heaters can reduce energy bills every month.
Replacing an Old Water Heater
A standard hot water tank typically needs to be replaced every ten years. The serial number allows homeowners to check when it was purchased if they are unsure. After 15 years, most water heaters will show obvious signs of wear and tear.
Strange noises are a good indication that something isn’t right. Banging noises are common if sediment collects at the bottom of the tank. This is because sediment hardens over time and will eventually knock against the tank walls, causing constant damage.
Diminishing hot water is another sign. If the warm water runs out after ten minutes, this may be due to the natural aging process of a water tank. This is true for bathroom and kitchen sinks as well as the shower.
Water mixed with metal will produce rust. To check for corrosion, homeowners are advised to check the color of tap water. A brownish tint likely means the anode rod is worn out.
Buying a New Water Heater
A tankless water heater provides the same heat as a traditional heater but works slightly differently. A gas or electric burner is used to immediately heat cold water, so a storage tank is unnecessary.
Tankless electric heaters are considered more efficient than gas. Typically 3 gallons of water can be heated in under 1 minute if an electric coil is used. While these heaters will save more annually, they are more expensive to purchase upfront.
Tankless gas heaters will still last significantly longer than a hot water tank, but many start to show signs of age more quickly than electric heaters. Many people prefer gas to electricity because they are considered safer and initially cost less money. A trained professional will install either choice to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible.
The Benefits of Going Tankless
There are several benefits of tankless water heaters. Tankless heaters can last 20 years with proper maintenance. Typically they require less maintenance than a hot water tank and can last twice as long with the same care. Depending on the make and model, the first five years may not require any maintenance.
In addition to minimal upkeep, tankless water heaters supply instant hot water. Hot water tanks need time for all the water to heat before distributing it through the pipes. When water is heated directly, household members can take a warm shower first thing in the morning.
According to Energy Star, average households can reduce their annual energy bills by hundreds of dollars by switching to a tankless heater. This is because electric heaters can save up to 50 percent more energy. When hot water is only needed in the shower, providing it for the downstairs sink can be avoided to conserve more energy.
Only using the necessary hot water is what makes on-demand heating the perfect option for smaller households. Multiple water heaters can be installed for larger households because of their compact size.
Even if household members take back-to-back showers in the morning, tankless heaters can save homeowners money. By using 34% less energy, tankless water heaters are considered an environmentally-friendly way to take a shower.
About Capital Plumbing Contractors
Capital Plumbing Contractors provide speedy water heater replacement and maintenance service. They understand the importance of comfort in the home, so they offer flat-rate estimates and personalized solutions. Contact Capital Plumbing Contractors in Tallahassee, FL, today for tankless water heater service!