Wouldn’t it be great if your appliances could last forever? You would never need to buy an appliance again or worry about any of them breaking down. Unfortunately, every appliance has a lifespan, and when it’s reached, you’ll need to replace it.
A traditional tank water heater can last 8 to 12 years before it must be replaced. Before buying a new unit, you should understand how tankless water heaters can benefit your Atlanta, GA home, and family. Understanding the benefits of tankless units can help you make a more informed decision.
With inflation and the cost of energy on the rise, people are doing whatever they can to save money, and a tankless water heater can help. Tank water heaters run multiple times throughout the day to ensure the water in the tank remains hot, so it’s always there when needed. Tankless water heaters don’t store water and provide hot water on demand. This means that the unit will only kick on when hot water is used and will turn off when the hot water is turned off. Tankless models don’t have to consume as much energy because they don’t store and heat 40+ gallons of water, and you’ll see a decrease in your energy bills if you install one in your Atlanta, GA home.
According to the Department of Energy, you can save 8 to 34 percent on your energy bills, and if you choose an ENERGY STAR tankless model, you can save an additional 9 percent.
#2 You Won’t Run Out of Hot Water
If you have a traditional tank water heater and use too much hot water quickly, you can deplete the hot water supply and have no hot water. If you’ve ever run out of hot water while showering, you know how frustrating this can be. Also, the water heater can take an hour or more to recover and provide hot water.
Tankless water heaters don’t store the water and turn on only when you run the hot water, eliminating the risk of running out of hot water. If you install a tankless model in your Atlanta, GA home, you’ll never have to worry about running out of hot water again.
#3 Free Up Space in Your Home
Traditional tank units are big because they must store 40 to 100 gallons of water and can take up significant space. If your water heater is in the basement, it will take up the additional living space you’ve set up, or you’ll have less room for storage. If you don’t have a basement and the unit is installed in a closet, you’ll have less closet space for storage. If you had no choice but to install the unit in the kitchen or another main living area, it can affect your home’s appearance.
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than tank models and are about the size of a suitcase. Also, the unit can be hung on the basement, closet, or exterior wall and will take up minimal space in your house. A tankless water heater is the best option if your tank unit takes up too much space or is an eyesore.
#4 Longer Lifespan
As mentioned earlier, tank water heaters have a lifespan of 8 to 12 years and will then need to be replaced. Tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 20 years, which is twice as long as a tank model. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank units and cost more to install, but you’ll only have to replace the unit once over 20 years, and you’ll need to replace a tank model twice in 20 years. If you have the money for the initial investment, tankless water heaters are the most cost-effective option.
#5 Eliminate the Risk of a Flood
Tank water heaters store 40 to 100 gallons of water, and if the tank is compromised, the entire water supply can flood your house, causing significant water damage and mold growth. Leaks occur when large pieces of sediment form in the tank and bang against the side, cracking the tank. The unit can also leak and cause a flood due to age, and the inside of the tank starts breaking down.
A flood is a homeowner’s worst nightmare because their personal effects will be destroyed, and it can be costly to hire someone to dry the house, fix the damage, and eradicate any mold growth.
Tankless water heaters don’t store water, so if you have one installed in your home, you won’t have to worry about a flood. If the unit isn’t working correctly, a small amount of water drips onto the floor, which can be wiped up with a towel.
#6 Less Maintenance
A tank water heater must be maintained yearly to prevent sediment buildup that could cause poor hot water pressure, contaminated hot water, or crack the tank. Plumbers recommend maintaining the unit every six months if you have hard water.
Tankless models don’t store water, so they don’t require frequent maintenance, and you can go four or five years before maintaining the unit, saving time and money.
Call Peach Plumbing & Drain Today
If you want to know more about tankless water heaters or are ready to install one in your home, look no further than Peach Plumbing & Drain. We’re a family-owned and operated plumbing company with over 72 years of combined experience in the plumbing industry.
Our plumbers are professionally trained and have the knowledge and skill to handle the most challenging jobs in the industry.
If you have a plumbing problem that must be addressed immediately, we’re here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We’ll get a plumber to your house as quickly as possible when you call for emergency service to resolve the problem quickly before further damage occurs.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service or equipment installation, give Peach Plumbing & Drain a call today.