Average water heaters last about 10-15 years, so you might be asking yourself why would you upgrade to a tankless water heater? While tankless water heaters are more expensive than your standard water heater, believe it not, they are more energy efficient, which saves you money in the long run.
Overall, tankless water heaters have a long lifespan, use less energy, and can lower your electric bill over time. Here are the main reasons why switching to tankless water heaters is worth the upgrade.
Instant and Endless Hot Water
Have you ever been in a situation where everyone in your family wants to take a shower at the same time and you’re stuck last in line with cold water? Or even worse, have you ever been in the shower and the water turns cold out of nowhere? With a tankless water heater, this will never happen.
Standard water heaters have the home’s entire water supply stored in the tank, so you may run out of hot water after the third or fourth shower of the day. Tankless water heaters heat the water for when it is being used and for as long as it is needed, which offers endless hot water.
On average, the standard tank-style water heater is about 54 to 60 inches tall with a 20-inch diameter and is cylinder shaped. A tankless water heater is typically 27 inches tall, 18 inches wide, 10 inches in depth, and shaped like a rectangle. Tankless water heaters are also usually mounted to a wall, compared to a standard water heater, which takes up space on the floor.
While the average tank-style water heater lasts about 10-15 years, tankless water heaters have a lifespan of over 20 years. If you’re planning to move houses in the near future, investing in a tankless water heater might not be the best idea, but if you’re in your forever home right now, a tankless water heater could be beneficial as you would not need a replacement for at least 20 years.
Save Money in the Long Run
Yes, the initial cost and installation of a tankless water heater is quite expensive, but with the amount of energy that is saved with a tankless water heater, you actually save money in the long run. Standard tank-style water heaters are constantly using energy to maintain the temperature of the water supply in the tank, while tankless water heaters heat the water on-demand as it is used.
An average family of four will save about $100 per year with a tankless water heater. Talk about major savings!
No Risk of Leaks or Flooding
A huge risk with tank-style water heaters is the buildup of hard water and minerals which can lead to corrosion and leaks. Given the fact that most standard water heaters are in basements, this can cause flooding on your floors. Since tankless water heaters, just like their name, have no tank, your chances of basement flood or water damage due to your water heater are slim to none.
Less Maintenance and Tune-Ups
If you have a standard water heater, you’re probably used to having it checked by a professional once a year. Fortunately, tankless water heaters require very little maintenance. Some tankless water heaters can go up to five years without maintenance, depending on the quality of your water supply.
If you're ready to upgrade to a tankless water heater, McAtee Plumbing Heating & Cooling is here to help. We have over 60 years of experience and our licensed professionals will ensure an installation that meets your needs. Contact us today and never run out of your hot water supply again.