If you have a tank water heater and it is time to invest in a replacement, you may be considering a tankless option instead. Both units have their own unique pros and cons. It really just depends on your family’s unique needs when it comes to hot water.
When you’re ready to schedule water heater installation in Salem, you can give our team a call to make an appointment. You can also keep reading to learn more about the differences between tank and tankless water heaters so you can decide if a tankless water heater is right for you.
Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters have a big reputation for providing a nearly endless supply of hot water to your home. As long as water is flowing into your home from your local water source, a tankless water heater can provide hot water. You do not have to worry about a water tank running out of water and needing to refill again.
This means that you can wash dishes at your sink, then wash a load of clothes, and then take a nice long shower all in a row without fear of having lukewarm water halfway through. You don’t have to time out all of your hot water related chores and figure out how long it takes for your tank to heat back up again. Plus, tankless water heaters are also more energy efficient, so they cost less to operate. When you have a tank water heater, water stays hot around the clock.
This means that your water heater is running at all times of the day and night to maintain that hot water supply so it is ready whenever you need it. A tankless water heater only heats water on demand. It doesn’t have to maintain our supply of hot water for hours when it is not needed. You can save a significant amount on your energy costs with a tankless water heater.
Downsides of a Tankless Water Heater
One of the main drawbacks to installing a tankless water heater is that it is more expensive than a standard tank system. In addition to the unit itself being more expensive, installation can cost more if you already have a tank water heater. Our team has to create all new connections and retrofit your existing plumbing to accommodate your new tankless water heater.
However, you do want to consider that over the life of the unit, you do stand to recover that added expense by way of lower energy costs. It may take several years to reach the break even point, but it will happen. You also want to consider that tankless water heaters may not allow you to use hot water at multiple sources in your home at the same time without losing water pressure. That is one benefit of a tank water heater.
Even though there is a limited supply of hot water, you can use hot water across your entire home at the same time without losing water pressure. But your tankless water heater can only heat so much water at a time. If you have a load of clothes going in the washer and two people showering in separate bathrooms, the water pressure may be lower at all three of these sources.
Your comfort is our business! Comfort Flow Heating serves all of Oregon, so contact our team today to schedule your appointment.