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Considering a Tankless Water Heater? Here Are the Pros and Cons

If your current water heater is aging, and in need of replacement, you may be considering a tankless water heater. More and more homeowners are investing in this water heater option, and for good reason. But as with everything, there are pros and cons to tankless water heaters. 

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits and the downsides of having a tankless water heater. Then give our team a call for tankless water heater service in Bellevue, WA. We can offer an assessment of your home, go over the installation process, and then give you a quote.

Benefit: Save on Energy

When you have a more traditional water heater with a tank, your water heater is heating up around the clock to ensure that you have hot water whenever you need it. This uses energy whether or not you’re running hot water in your home. You can save money on your energy bills with a tankless water heater because it only heats water on demand. If you’re not using hot water, your tankless system isn’t using energy.

Downside: Expensive Installation

The caveat to saving money on energy is that a tankless water heater costs much more to install than a more traditional water heater that has tank storage. You have to weigh these pros and cons against one another. Sure, you’re spending more upfront on the installation, but you stand to save more over time on your energy bills.

You may consider comparing the difference between upfront installation costs and your potential savings. Estimate how long it will take to break even on your investment. Then consider your motivations for considering a tankless water heater. If the benefits are important enough, the investment will be worthwhile. It really just depends on your individual needs, priorities, and which type of savings you prefer.

Benefit: Nearly Endless Hot Water

You can turn on your water and take a longer shower without worrying about running out of hot water. You can also take showers back to back among your other family members without waiting for the water tank to fill back up and heat the water for another shower. This is because a tankless water heater heats water on demand. So, as long as there is a supply of water, it can provide heating. 

Downside: Limited Flow

When you have a tank water heater, you may have a limited hot water supply but you can use as much of that hot water at one time as you want. If you have a large enough tank you can shower and run your washer and dishwasher all at the same time with great water pressure. Since a tankless system is smaller, it can only provide so much hot water at a time for your home. 

If you plan on having multiple sources of hot water running at a time, you may need to install more than one tankless water heater for various areas of your home. It’s not uncommon for large families to have more than one tankless water heater. Otherwise, you may experience lower water pressure. You can combat this by spreading out your usage so that flow is not inhibited by higher demand. 

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Apr 10, 2023 | Water Heaters