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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

If you’re considering a tankless water heater for your home, it is important to make an educated decision. While a tankless water heater does offer a wide range of benefits, there are also some potential downsides. You don’t want to be caught off guard by investing in a tankless water heater only to find out that it isn’t really meeting your family’s needs.

You can keep reading to learn more about the benefits of a tankless water heater, as well as the potential downsides. Then, you can give our team a call for your in-home assessment. We can help review all of your water heater options and choose the unit that best fits your needs. 

Pros of a Tankless Water Heater

One of the biggest benefits of a tankless water heater is the nearly endless supply of hot water that it can provide for your family. This is especially encouraging for larger families who otherwise have to plan showers, washing dishes, and washing clothes on a schedule with a tank water heater. You can complete tasks back to back that require hot water without worrying about running out. 

As long as your water source is providing water to your home, your tankless water heater can heat it up for use as long as you need. This means you can take a shower without worrying about how much hot water will be left for other people or chores in your house.

You also stand to save some money on your energy costs related to heating water. With a tank water heater, the system is working around the clock to maintain a supply of hot water so it is available when you need it. That means overnight and even during the day while you’re at work, your water tank is using energy to keep water hot. But a tankless water heater heats water on demand instead. Energy is only being used when hot water is needed.

Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

Even though you do have a nearly endless supply of hot water, a tankless water heater still has its limitations. With a tank water heater, you could use hot water from multiple sources in your home at the same time with strong water pressure. Of course, that hot water is going to run out faster, but as long as hot water is available, water pressure is strong. With a tankless water heater, the system can only heat so much water at a time. 

If you are using hot water from multiple sources in your home, each one of those sources may experience lower water pressure as a result. So while you do not have to time your showers, you may still have to spread out activities to only complete one task at a time. You may not want to have your clothes washer running on a hot cycle when you also plan to be in the shower.  

Plus, installation for a tankless water heater costs more than installing a tank. This is because the system itself costs more and so does installation. If you already have a tank water heater, replacing it with another one is pretty simple. But when you want to upgrade to a tankless water heater, our team has to adjust your plumbing and install additional fixtures to allow the tankless system to operate the way it needs to. 

Contact Affinity Gas Services today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We’re “The Gas Efficiency Experts.”

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