Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, then chances are you may have considered replacing your conventional water heater with a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are becoming more common in homes due to their unique design and ability to provide near-instant hot water.

Benefits to Consider

There are plenty of benefits to consider when it comes to purchasing a tankless water heater for your home:

  • Longer lifespan – While conventional water heaters offer 10 to 13 years of reliable service with the proper care and maintenance, tankless water heaters can last for up to 20 years or more.
  • More convenience – Not only do you get near-instant hot water for bathing and washing, but you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water.
  • Less space – Thanks in large part to their design, tankless water heaters take up far less space than a conventional water heater with its bulky storage tank. This also gives you more options when it comes to water heater placement.
  • Less waste – A tankless water heater uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than its conventional counterpart, resulting in less wasted energy and lower utility costs.

What About the Drawbacks?

For many homeowners, cost can be a major hurdle when switching from a conventional water heater to a tankless unit. Tankless water heaters can be several times more expensive than their conventional counterparts, depending on the size and model chosen.

You should also watch out for tankless water heaters that rely on a constantly burning pilot light, as this could prove to be a source of energy waste in its own right. Instead, you should look for models that eschew the standing pilot light for electronic ignition.

To learn more about how a tankless water heater can benefit your home, contact the experts at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We proudly serve Monmouth County, N.J., and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about tankless water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.

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