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Just a few generations ago, people were heating water on the stove. Residential water heaters were a luxury even just a few decades ago. Now, water heaters are common in almost all residential properties. In fact, there are now more advanced models such as the tankless water heater. With so many options, it can be difficult to make a choice though. Dont worry. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh is here to break down the pros and cons of the tankless water heater. We are also ready to help with your tankless water heater installation or water heater replacement. Give us a call if you would like to get a free price estimate or when you are ready to schedule an appointment.
About the Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are also known as demand-type water heaters. These units heat water as you need it. In these systems, a gas burner or electrical elements heat water as it passes through a pipe. Given that these units do not have a water tank, their "size" is measured by the flow rate, that is the gallons of water it can heat per minute.
The Pros of Tankless Water Heaters
The most obvious benefit of a tankless water heater is that it provides a continuous supply of hot water. You do not have to wait for a 40-gallon tank of water to heat up and you do not have to worry about that tank of hot water running out.
Further, the tankless water heater is a space saver. These units are generally mounted on a wall and there is no water tank taking up valuable real estate. You can use that extra four-to-five square feet of space as storage instead.
Space is not the only thing that tankless water heaters save. Demand-type water heaters are also energy savers. Tankless water heaters can be up to 35 percent more energy efficient than the conventional storage-type water heaters. This benefit is multiplied when you consider the longer life expectancy. They will save you on electricity and water bills throughout their service life of over 20 years.
The Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
Nothing is perfect, and tankless water heaters are no exception. The cons of tankless water heaters are not necessarily deal breakers, but they are worth considering.
The main disadvantage of a tankless water heater is its initial cost. Their installation is more complicated than a tank-style water heaters installation because they require a dedicated sealed vent system. Naturally, this ends up increasing the cost of installation.
Another con to consider is the tankless water heaters limitation. These units provide a continuous flow of hot water, but this flow can be inadequate for larger households. You have got to make sure that you choose the right size for your household and water demands.
The dedicated plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing are ready to help you with the installation as well as repairs of your tankless water heater. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing today to schedule an appointment or request an emergency dispatch.
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