Things to Consider When Upgrading from Tank to Tankless Water Heaters

September 19, 2020

If you’re considering upgrading your water heater from a tank to a tankless model, there are a few things to know. Tankless water heaters have advantages over tank water heaters, but they do have some disadvantages as well.

The Problem With Tank Water Heaters

A tank water heater typically holds 30 to 50 gallons. It takes a lot of energy to keep the water inside hot, yet you’ll rarely use all of it. A lot of the energy is therefore wasted, so your utility bills are unnecessarily higher than they could otherwise be.

Tankless Water Heater Advantages

A tankless water heater only heats water when it’s needed. They don’t have the standby energy losses associated with tank water heaters. They can save you up to half of the energy used in your home to heat water. Tankless water heaters can last for 20 years or more. A tank water heater typically only has a lifespan of about 10 years. They’re also durable and so unlikely to cause flooding in your home.

Marklein Plumbing of Ramona, CA, installs tankless water heaters. We have certified plumbers who can work on all makes and models of water heaters.

Tankless Water Heater Disadvantages

Tankless water heaters can typically only produce 2 to 5 gallons of hot water per minute. This means they’re best used in households where hot water isn’t being simultaneously used for different purposes. They also can’t produce hot water when your power is out.

Their filters should be replaced monthly as hard water is a problem for tankless water heaters. They also need to be regularly flushed so hard water is removed. If you don’t do these things regularly, a tankless water heater may only last for a few years.

Marklein Plumbing is a top-rated, trusted plumbing company proudly serving Ramona, CA, and its surrounding communities. We provide services related to water heaters, drain cleaning, sewers, water filtration systems, toilet repair, shower repair, and more. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We want to be the company that assists you with your indoor home comfort needs.

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