Many homeowners are weighing the pros and cons of the tank-less water heater’s possibility of adding to the energy efficiency of their home without costing their inhabitants any convenience or comfort.
Traditional heaters on average will heat 30-80 gallons of water continuously in anticipation of use at some point in the kitchen or bathroom of the home. In this system, energy is being used to warm water and keep the water warm while it is not in use.
Tank-less water heaters, on the other hand, warm the water “upon demand” as it is called on from different areas of the home. Tank-less heaters warm the water as it passes along its heating element. Once the call for hot water is cancelled, the heating element cools and sits at rest, thus saving you energy, in theory.
Pros for Tank-less Water Heater
- Tank-less water heaters are compact, taking up less space, installed on a wall in the garage
- Provides infinite amounts of hot water when it’s called on
- Most run on natural gas, energy efficient on some level
Cons or Drawbacks to the Tank-less Water Heater
- Expensive initial costs to purchase the system that fits your household needs
- Costly maintenance and repair fees for system upkeep
- Mechanically more complicated than the regular 50-80 gallon tank system
- Lag time getting hot water from heating element to the place in the home that it’s needed
Most importantly, remember it takes a professional to install, service or repair the tank-less water heater. Switching out a regular 80-gallon tank for a new tank-less water heater may involve making changes to the home’s gas-piping, meter and possibly the gas line. Certified professionals also realize that the tank-less system requires special ventilation, vastly different from the traditional hot water tank.
For further information or to schedule service or repair to your existing hot water heating system, feel free to contact us for an honest evaluation.
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