The water heater in your Atlanta, GA home is technically an appliance, and it’s also an essential part of your plumbing system. The water coming into your home is cold, and water will fill the water tank where it is heated and stored, so it’s available when you need it.
The average lifespan of a conventional tank water heater is10 to 12 years. When the water heater reaches the end of its lifespan, it won’t heat the water to the desired temperature or not at all and will need to be replaced.
You can install a traditional tank water heater when it’s time to replace your existing water heater, or you can go with a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters provide benefits you can’t get from a traditional water heater, and it’s best to consider the benefits before making a decision.
#1 Lower Energy Bills
Traditional water heaters store 50+ gallons of hot water, so it’s always there when you need it, which draws a lot of electricity, increasing your energy bills.
Tankless water heaters kick on only when someone uses the hot water, keeping your energy bills down, saving money. Although they are more expensive, you can make up the difference in the cost of the money you will save on your energy bills.
#2 An Endless Supply of Hot Water
If you have a traditional water heater in your Atlanta, GA home, you understand the challenges of running out of hot water or worrying that you will. Your water heater holds only so much water, and if you are last in the shower or run the washing machine and dishwasher while you shower, you could deplete the hot water supply in the middle of a shower.
Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, and there isn’t a supply of stored hot water; therefore, you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water in the middle of a shower.
#3 Saves Space
Traditional water heaters are large, and the more hot water the unit stores, the bigger it will be., requiring a significant amount of floor space. Many homeowners install their water heaters in the basement. If you use your basement for storage or it’s finished, a large water heater will take up valuable space. Some homeowners without a basement store the water heater in a closet, which is a waste of space. If there’s no closet space available, the water heater will have to be installed in the open, taking up a lot of space.
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than conventional models. They are about the size of a small suitcase and can be hung on the wall, saving a significant amount of space in your Atlanta, GA home, which is great if you live in a small house. They will free up space in your home for other things.
#4 Aesthetically Pleasing
As mentioned above, traditional water heaters are large and take up a significant amount of space. If your basement is finished, a large water tank in the corner can affect the basement’s appearance. If you have nowhere to store the water heater and it’s installed in a living area in your home, you will have to look at a large tank all day.
Tankless water heaters are small and can be hung on the wall, and are aesthetically pleasing regardless of where it’s installed.
#5 Easier to Maintain
Traditional water heaters store 50+ gallons of water and should be maintained regularly to ensure it functions efficiently and prevents a complete breakdown. Sediment forms in the water tank, and if the unit isn’t regularly maintained, the sediment can cause the following problems.
- When large amounts of sediment build up in the tank, the hot water can break it down and contaminate the hot water.
- Sediment can clog the waterline, resulting in poor water pressure.
- Large pieces of sediment can build up in the tank and bang against the sides. If the problem persists, the sediment can crack the water tank, resulting in a flood.
Tankless water heaters should be flushed regularly, and the filter needs to be cleaned, but these are things you can do yourself, saving on the cost of hiring a plumber.
#6 Longer Lifespan
As mentioned above, traditional water heaters last for 10 to 12 years and then need to be replaced. Tankless heaters have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years and don’t need to be replaced as often. Although they are more expensive than traditional units, it’s well worth the cost because the water heater will last almost twice as long.
#7 Reduced Risk of Water Damage
When a traditional water heater dies, it will leak water, causing water damage and mold growth. If the tank is cracked, up to 50+ gallons of water will flood your home, causing significant water damage to the home’s structure and your personal belongings.
Tankless water heaters don’t store water; therefore, you won’t have to worry about a leak flooding your home. If the unit does start to leak, it won’t leak enough water to cause any damage.
Why Choose Peach Plumbing & Drain?
If you want to know more about tankless water heaters, call Peach Plumbing & Drain. We are a full-service plumbing company and are experts in all types of water heaters.
We provide a variety of services, including:
- Plumbing repairs
- Toilet repair
- Traditional and tankless water heater installation, maintenance, and repair
- Clogged drains
- Garbage disposal installation or repair
- Leak detection
- Sewer lines
- Water service
Our plumbers are professionally trained, licensed, and insured. They are also qualified to handle any plumbing job you have, whether it’s something simple or complex.
We understand that plumbing issues can arise at the most inconvenient times, so we provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you have a plumbing problem that can’t wait or we aren’t in the office, we will get a plumber to your home as quickly as possible to make the necessary repair.
To learn more about the tankless water heaters available or any other plumbing service, give us a call today.