Q: I would like to know exactly what a tankless water heater is. What are the benefits and why would I get one?
A: Tankless water heaters are capable of providing an instant, endless supply of hot water. Because these systems function on an on-demand basis, they do not require a holding tank to store pre-warmed water. No storage or holding reserve means that tankless water heaters have a life span that is twice as long as traditional systems because of the risk of rust and corrosion is significantly lowered.
They are hung from the wall saving floor space. They can be installed anywhere an outdoor exhaust vent can be provided. Most have warranties up to 15 years with all parts being replaceable and 100% recyclable. They do cost more initially but looking at all the benefits including the re-sale value of your home, they are well worth the expense.
A tankless hot water heater will save you money, save space and you will never run out of hot water again. Best of all your home and family will be environmentally friendly. Note: Recommended in households with large families requiring more showers.
Electric tankless hot water heaters
Electric units heat the water as it passes over an electrical element. To run an electric tankless water heater, you will need to have it hardwired to your circuit breaker/electrical panel. In most cases you will require a new 40 amp service. Although, electric tankless water heaters are less expensive to purchase and operate the cost to install and provide electric service could be prohibitive. Tankless water heaters may slow down the water volume due to the water being heated on the move. Have the technician explain cost effectiveness in relation to the number of people in the home.
Gas tankless hot water heaters
In a gas unit, a gas burner is utilized to heat the water. Gas-powered systems are fueled by propane or natural gas. To operate one of these units, you will need a gas line running through your home to where the water heater will be installed as well as a larger vertical vent to the outside or combustion and condensation venting through an exterior wall. It can easily provide endless hot water for one major application at a time. This unit is a great replacement for the traditional 40-gallon storage tank water heater. Again I would suggest discussing cost effectiveness with the technician.