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Everything You Need to Know About Tankless Water Heaters

Updating your home is all about customizing your appliances based on your specific needs. Water heaters come in a larger variety of designs that many people realize are typically broken up into two main categories: storage tanks and tankless water heaters.

But, what is a tankless water heater? And how do you know if it’s right for your home? We’ll provide all the basics you need to know about how tankless water heaters work, if they can save you money, and whether it’s time to upgrade your system.

1. Tankless Water Heaters Cut Out the Storage

You’re probably used to seeing a large tank in your basement filled with hot water. Traditional water heaters keep a store of pre-heater water at the ready for the moment you need a shower or to run the dishwasher. This could mean that you’re spending money on energy to heat hot water that is not used right away or at all.

Tankless water heaters warm up hot water on the spot when you need it. Cold water passes through an electric or gas-powered tankless heater and is sent to your fixture. They cannot typically produce the same amount of hot water as a storage tank heater, but the energy is used more efficiently.

2. Small Homes Can Benefit From Tankless Heaters

Though tankless heaters do not have the capacity of a storage tank water heater, this may not affect you if you live in a small home with only a few people. Tankless water heaters save money for small families that do not use a lot of hot water throughout the day. They also take up way less space in a home, which is ideal for small spaces and apartments.

3. Tankless Water Heaters Differ in Price

Upfront, you are more likely to spend more on your tankless water heater installation. However, if you live in a small home with a smaller family, you will likely save money on energy use over time. Tankless water heaters are also known to have a longer lifespan than the traditional models, meaning far less is spent on repairs and eventual replacement. While your storage tank heater will need to be replaced every 10-15 years, you may have up to two decades with a tankless model.

If your water heater has been causing you consistent problems, call the water heater specialists today at your local ARS / Rescue Rooter. We can provide water heater tune-ups, emergency repairs, and free consultations about the best upgrades for your unique home.

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