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The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

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One of the most used, but least thought about appliances you have is the water heater. In selecting the best one for your house, you may be considering a tankless model. But are they really worth the additional cost? Only you can decide. Here are some of the benefits you will find with a tankless model.

  • Convenience. The biggest reason most folks opt for a tankless water heater is the promise of endless hot water. Regular storage-type water heaters heat only the water that is in the tank. So, if you are running both the dishwasher and the clothes washer, chances are you will not get a hot shower until the tank refills and is heated again. Tankless models heat the water as it comes into the house, providing almost instantaneous* hot water that will last as long as you need it.
  • Good for the Planet (AND your wallet). While tankless water heaters cost more up front, they use far less energy than conventional water heaters. A tankless unit only runs when you ask for hot water; a conventional one runs 24/7, just so you can have hot water when you want it. Using less energy means less dependence on fossil fuel, and lower energy bills.
  • Space. A conventional water heater takes up the space of a small refrigerator, while a tankless one is about the size of a suitcase. In most houses, the water heater needs its own closet, but with a tankless heater, you can turn that extra space into linen storage!
  • Flexible. You can purchase a small tankless heater for a single bathroom. There are also outdoor heaters just perfect for your outdoor kitchen or a pool house. You can also control the temperature for your tankless heater so that you can have a moderate temperature when you run a bath for children, but a higher temperature when you are sterilizing laundry or dishes.
  • Dependable. Because no water is stored in a tank, there is no problem with rust or leakage. And tankless models usually last for 20 years or more, compared to 10 years for a conventional water heater. Plus, most tankless models have easy-to-replace parts that will extend the life of the heater.

If you are considering buying a new water heater, give us a call at 615-568-5051 and let us help you find the best water heater (electric, tankless, or gas) for your home.

*While most tankless water heaters advertise “instant” hot water, any water stored in the pipes between the heater and your shower or appliance will likely be cold, giving you a momentary burst of cool water.

We hope to have the chance to earn your business.  Call our Nashville office anytime 615-568-5051

Blog by Kevin Sipes,
Master Plumber
Nashville, TN