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Should I Buy a Tankless Water Heater?

Should I Buy a Tankless Water Heater?

For those seeking to replace an existing current water heater, some consideration should be given before deciding between the tankless water heater or traditional option. Both types of hot water supply have advantages and disadvantages. They are both great in their own right, but before you settle on picking one, here are some highlights. 

At D-N-A Plumbing we are proud to offer multiple kinds of systems to meet the needs and desires of our customers.

We currently service and repair
• Electric water heaters
• Heat pump water heaters
• Propane and gas water heaters
• Tankless water heaters

No matter which method you choose, you can be assured that it will be installed and maintained by licensed plumbers to ensure installation flawless. While we may offer multiple solutions to heating options for your home's water, let's go over the two common types of heating people ask about. Tankless versus the traditional tank, which one should I go for?

  • Traditional Hot Water Tank

Most are familiar with how a traditional water heater works. Water is stored in a steel tank from 40 to 60 gallons and up. When the water falls below the set temperature, the heat source turns on to bring it back up to the selected temperature. As hot water is consumed, additional water is added through a supply line and is then heated.

The heat sources available to warm the water is electric, natural gas or propane. Gas models operate with a pilot light to ignite gas burners as needed. Tanks are constructed of glass-lined steel and typically last 5 to 10 years or more with proper maintenance. This system provides a ready supply of hot water that is replenished as used. A water heater can be placed in a basement or the main floor closet if no basement is available.

  • Tankless Hot Water Heater

These tankless systems work as an on-demand system. Instead of heating water in a tank, this special heat source is attached to a water supply line. When a hot water faucet is opened, the heating element is activated and heats the water as is goes through the supply line.

The great part of all of this is that you wouldn't have to wait for the water to heat up if someone uses it all, you'll always have constant hot water. The heating supply is often an electric element but may also be gas fueled.

Because water is not being heated unless necessary, the tankless water heater can use less energy. According to the Department of Energy, in some circumstances, the energy savings can be more than 35 percent, depending on the amount of hot water used during the average day. Tankless systems have a longer useful life on average than a hot water tank heater.

Pros and Cons of Each System

  • Traditional Hot Water Tank

• Lower upfront cost compared to tankless;
• A ready supply of 40-60 gallons of water;
• A limited supply of output, you're not likely to run out of hot water, but there is a limit of boiling water;
• Lower replacement costs;
• Takes up more space where it's stored;
• Life of the heater can be extended with regular maintenance; typical life span can be 10 to 13 years

  • Tankless Hot Water Heater

• Lower energy costs;
• Costs more upfront;
• Water is heated on only as needed;
• Multiple systems can be installed for different fixtures;
• The system can last up to 20 years and longer with proper maintenance;
• Repairs often do not require replacement of the entire system;
• For electrical heaters, no fear of gas leaks or carbon monoxide emissions;
• Less space is required, and separate closets are not needed.

  • Installation

For any system purchased, we provide the installation with licensed plumbers who are company trained for each product obtained. They receive training for each brand name sold. Building codes will be followed, all gas and electrical connections will be code compliant and utilized through best practices. The system will be free from leaks and will be tested to ensure it is operated at maximum efficiency. When you're considering a new water heater, no matter the type, remember to think about, tank size, type of energy, available warranties, possible rebates, the energy efficiency of the tank, the longevity, and the maintenance requirements.

  • Maintenance Services

No hot water system can last forever but with proper maintenance, the life of the system can be prolonged substantially and can keep operating efficiently for years. If you're experiencing funny smells in your water, a running heater without any hot water, tank leaks, or sudden cut offs of hot water, your current water heater requires repair. At D-N-A Plumbing we offer periodic inspections at a reasonable cost to keep the system in top running order.

Contacting D-N-A Plumbing in Plano, Texas provides our customers with three things: reliable, professional service; peace of mind and most importantly, a worry-free supply of hot water for your home needs. Be sure to contact us when the need arises.

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Efficiency information provided by the Dept. of Energy


 

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