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Traditional electric water heaters have a lifespan of between 8 and 12 years. If your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan, you will start noticing problems including:
- No strange sounds coming from the water heater
- Moisture or puddles around the water heater
When these issues begin, it is time to start thinking about having the water heater in your home replaced.
- Hot water
- Not enough hot water
- Rusty hot water
Before you call a plumber to have another electric or gas water heater installed, you should consider tankless water heaters. These water heaters have benefits that you cannot get from a traditional water heater.
#1 Hot Water On Demand
The main reason that homeowners choose tankless water heaters is that they provide hot water on demand. Most electric water heaters hold between 23 and 56 gallons of hot water. If you have a big family who uses the hot water to shower, wash dishes, and do laundry, it is easy to run out of hot water. When you run out in the middle of a shower, it can be extremely frustrating.
Tankless water heaters don’t store hot water. The heating element in the water heater provides hot water on demand. This means that you can use as much continuous hot water as you would like without ever running out. These water heaters will prevent you from ever running out of hot water in the middle of a shower again. Also, you won’t need to plan your showers accordingly to prevent running out of hot water.
#2 More Energy Efficient
Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than traditional electric water heaters. Electric water heaters need to run constantly to keep your water supply hot. This is not the case with these water heaters. They provide hot water on demand, which means they will only use energy when you turn on the hot water faucet. If you install a tankless water heater in your home, you will reduce your home’s energy consumption by 24 to 34 percent.
#3 Save On Your Energy Bill
Because these water heaters are more energy-efficient, they can help save you money on your energy bill. According to ENERGY STAR, homeowners can save thousands of dollars every year by switching from a traditional electric heater to a tankless.
You can save between 27 to 50 percent more energy in your Atlanta, GA home by going tankless, and it will still provide hot water simultaneously to your kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room.
After a few years of energy savings, your tankless water heater will pay for itself.
#4 Longer Lifespan
As mentioned above, a traditional electric water heater lasts between 8 to 12 years. When the water heater has reached its maximum lifespan, it will need to be replaced.
Tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan. If you have your tankless water heater regularly maintained by a professional, you can get 20 years out of it, which can double the lifespan of an electric water heater. While these water heaters are more expensive than electric water heaters, the additional lifespan makes it well worth the cost.
#5 Saves Space In the Home
If you currently have an electric water heater in your home, you know that it takes up a lot of room. A 40 to 60-gallon water heater is around 60-inches tall and 24-inches wide. These water heaters are much smaller. They are around 28-inches tall and 20-inches wide.
Tankless water heaters also save space because you don’t need to have them installed on the floor. The water heater can be hung right on the closet, laundry room, or basement wall.
If space is an issue in your home, you are better off installing a tankless water heater.
#6 Less Maintenance
When it comes to routine maintenance, tankless water heaters are much better than traditional electric ones. If you want your electric water heater to reach its maximum lifespan, it will need to be maintained by a professional every year. If you have hard water where you live, it will need to be maintained every six months.
Tankless water heaters require very little maintenance. Depending on the quality of your water supply, you can go four to five years before needing to have your water heater maintained.
#7 Perform Multiple Activities At Once
Traditional water heaters make it difficult to do more than one activity that requires hot water at a time. If you try to use hot water for multiple things, the water either won’t get hot enough, or the hot water pressure will be low.
Tankless water heaters are designed to provide hot water to various locations on-demand. This means that you can run the dishwasher, washing machine, and take a shower all at the same time. Because these water heaters are designed for high volume distribution, you won’t need to plan your shower around when the dishwasher or washing machine is running.
If your water heater has reached the end of its lifespan and you are considering going tankless, contact Peach Plumbing & Drain. We are a locally owned and operated business that has been serving the plumbing needs of Atlanta, GA residents for years. Many of our customers have been with us for 20+ years.
Our staff has over 72 years of combined experience, which should give you peace of mind that we will get the job done right. Whether you need to have a tankless water heater installed or any other plumbing job, we can handle it.
At Peach Plumbing & Drain, we understand that plumbing issues can happen at any time. Because of this, we offer 24/7 emergency service. Whether your problem occurs on a Monday morning or late Sunday night, we will be there to help.
When you call for a plumbing service, you can be sure that our highly trained plumbers will be on time and professional. To schedule an appointment for plumbing service, give us a call today.