If you are on the verge of replacing your water heater, you may be considering your options. As water heating technology has advanced water heaters themselves, haven’t changed all too much, but one of the most significant updates has been the development of a tankless water heater. Both the tankless and traditional water heater have their own benefits, and each homeowner may find that a different option is best for them. For those considering transitioning to a tankless option, there are a few pros and cons to consider.
For those with less space to spare a tankless water heater may help you make considerably better use of your home’s space as they are substantially smaller and can be wall mounted. Tankless water heaters also allow for unlimited creation of hot water. In homes with an active, large family or many roommates this can be a godsend as it means that no one will have to wait between showers. It also allows you to run the dishwasher or washing machine without the worry of a cold shower. They also allow for reduced energy use because they only run while the hot water is actively in use and they come with a more extended warranty that can last up to 15 years.
While the tankless water heater does come with many benefits, it also has its own set of drawbacks. First and foremost, it’s more expensive up front; not only are tankless water heaters more costly, but they are more difficult to install and will incur higher labor costs. Tankless water heaters can also take longer to heat up and may have a limited flow of hot water depending on the climate. In cold climates, the flow of hot water might be lower. Tankless options will also need regular flushing and cleaning as the effects of mineral and scale buildup are more noticeable and can lead to an early death for your unit.
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