A typical hot water heater lasts for 8 to 12 years. If your system is this old and suddenly stops working, then you should probably replace the system instead of fixing it. If you decide to replace it, you could choose another standard system or you could choose a tankless system. Here are three things you should know if you decide to get a tankless system.
1. IT WILL COST YOU MORE UPFRONT
The first thing to understand about tankless systems is that they cost more than standard hot water heaters that have tanks. However, the higher cost pays off over time because tankless systems last longer and offer more efficiency than standard systems.The average tankless hot water heater costs at least $1,000, but some systems cost even more than this. On the other hand, you can purchase a tank system for around $300 – or a little more. If you want the most cost-effective upfront option, you should choose a tank system. If you prefer energy savings and a longer-lasting device, then choose a tankless system.
2. YOU WILL USE LESS ENERGY
One of the key reasons people choose tankless systems is for the energy savings they offer. A tankless system heats water as you need it. Because of this, you will never run out of hot water like you can with a tank system.With a tank system, it heats water and stores it until you need it. When you use it, it heats more water to replace the hot water you used from the tank. Because it stores hot water, a tank system tends to use more energy. Whenever the tank has hot water in it, it can lose some of the heat from the water. This results in energy loss.If you choose a tankless system, you could save a lot of energy because tankless systems use approximately 50 percent of the energy a standard system uses. Saving this much energy will drastically reduce your energy bills – especially since heating water comprises approximately 20 percent of your entire energy bill.In addition to using less energy, a tankless system also offers the benefit of using less space. Because it has no tank, you will not need a lot of space for the device.
3. YOU MAY NEED TO ADJUST YOUR WATER HABITS
Tankless systems offer a lot of benefits, but there is one main downside to these systems. This downside is the inability to keep up with large hot water demands. A system with a tank typically holds at least 40 gallons of hot water, which is enough hot water to do a lot of tasks in your home.A tankless system does not produce hot water until you demand hot water, and it can only produce a certain amount of hot water at once. If you use a lot of hot water in a short amount of time in your home, then a tankless system could experience problems keeping up with the demands.To avoid not having hot water, you may need to adjust your hot water habits. For example, you might have to wait to take a shower until your dishwasher finishes its cycle. You might also have to wait to wash your dishes until your child gets out of the shower.You will have to learn to space out your hot water needs more evenly with a tankless system if you want to have hot water for all the things you need it for.When the time comes for you to replace your hot water heater, contact ACME Plumbing, Drain & Septic. We offer services for hot water heaters and all other types of plumbing services. To learn more about the options available with hot water heaters, call us today: (317) 423-7289