Tankless Water Heaters: We Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

  • Posted on: 29 June 2016
  • By: Mick

Hey guys, sorry for not being here a lot, I've honestly took a vacation with my family in the last two weeks. I am building a summer house to my design because of the new hobby. I’d never made anything larger than a kitchen seat before, so I am really proud of this. I guess it will spend whole summer days in my workshop. I all get into situations where my things go quickly, but the workshop is on fire because the space is limited so I was advised to have a water heater installed outside of the workspace (near my bathroom so I can use them in cold days as well). The problem is all the tankless gas heaters I've looked at seem to have low user satisfaction. With talking with other community member, I still decide to purchase a tankless version. Here are some points from other homeowners.

What’s the Advantage of Going Tankless

Tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand water heater, it provides how water by heating water only when it's needed. These water heaters are growing in popularity, not only do they provide hot water constantly, but save money on a long run.

Report from the Energy.gov, tankless heaters save an average of $108 in energy costs per year compared with the traditional tank water heaters. The use of an electronic ignition means no standing pilot light that constantly uses energy.

While a typical tank water heater can last 10 to 13 years, tankless water heater comes with a long lifespan. Some models even last up to 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years.

Typical hot water heaters provide gallons of hot water at one time: an 80-gallon tank can heat enough water to more than 3 home applications at the same time, include dishwasher, shower and kitchen sinks. With a tankless model you benefit from an unlimited supply.

For homeowner who have limited space, then a tankless water heater is a great idea! This type of water heater is small and flexible to add under your kitchen sink for added convenience.

Sounds good, right? However, there are several reasons why going this route might not be for you.

Installation costs are high: Study found that tankless water heaters cost more to install, which is the biggest con of tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters can range from $200 to $1000 and installation costs can range from $500 to $1600 or more. Of course, there are many things have a big influence on different models, like who is doing the work and what type of tankless water heater they are installing.

Water runs hot and cold: Although tankless water heater are designed for providing an endless amount of hot water. But inconsistent water temperatures are still a common complaint. If you turn on hot a few minutes after the first task, cold water will flow past the tankless heater before it forced into to come back on. During power outages, tankless water heaters will not work to produce hot water.