Something that has gained a lot of traction in recent years in the plumbing industry is tankless water heaters. The appeal of tankless water heaters is that you have to wait less time for your water to heat up, and it’s “hot water on demand”. Before you go jumping into buying a tankless water heater, it’s important to look into some myths about the tankless option and how it compares to a regular water heater. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common myths associated with tankless water heaters, check it out!
They Cost a Lot to Use
One of the most common myths is that it’s expensive to run a tankless water heater in your home. This is nothing more than a myth, however, as it’s actually cheaper to operate a tankless water heater than it is to operate a traditional one. This is attributed to the fact that a regular water heater has to constantly keep its tank full of warm water, using more energy. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, only heats up water when you’re needing to use it. Whether you decide to use an electric or gas heated tankless water heater, it will be anywhere between 8%-34% more energy-efficient than the regular water heater.
They Have Hot Water Instantly
Although tankless water heaters are a great step in plumbing technology, oftentimes people expect too much out of them. The expectation is that hot water will immediately be delivered to your faucet as soon as you turn it on, and that’s just not realistic at this point in time. It takes some time for the hot water to make its way through the plumbing, which makes it so you will still have a little bit of a wait until you get hot water. The benefit, however, is that unlike a traditional water heater you won’t run out of hot water in the middle of your shower because it’s continuously heating it.
Tankless Water Heaters Are More Expensive
Another myth that is often passed around about tankless water heaters is that they’re more expensive. This myth, in basic thinking, is actually true. It costs more money for a tankless water heater unit and to install it than it would for a traditional water heater unit. But, if you think long term, the tankless water heater is an investment. They are more reliable, which means fewer calls to the plumber and less money spent yearly on maintenance. Tankless water heaters are also more energy-efficient, which will save you money on monthly bills. So although it’s more expensive to start, the investment will pay off soon enough.
If you have any further questions about tankless water heaters, be sure to contact Knight Plumbing. We’re more than willing to help you answer anything you’re curious about, and have 24/7 emergency services so we’ll always be there to help when you need it most. Give us a call today!