The most attractive feature of tankless water heaters is having hot water on demand rather than having it stored in a tank where it has the potential to run out. Because if you live with several people, you may be left with cold water by the time your turn to shower rolls around.
Many customers also appreciate that tankless water heaters are more compact without needing a storage tank. They typically fit on a wall and are less than 2 feet wide and 3 feet high. Compare that to traditional tank heaters, which can be at least 5 feet high!
There are two types of tankless water heaters: electric and gas. Electric tankless water heaters are the most common type, as they are more efficient than gas models and can be used in any home. However, gas tankless water heaters are less expensive to operate.
Both types are more efficient than storage tank heaters because:
There is not a constant need to heat water when it’s not being used
They remove “standby heat loss,” which happens when the tank loses heat to its surrounding environment.
Tankless water heaters must be maintained to work correctly and last long. Here are some tips on how to keep your tankless water heater in good working condition:
1. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on properly maintaining your tankless water heater.
2. Flush your tankless water heater every few months to remove any sediment that has built up.
3. Have your tankless water heater serviced by a local plumbing company every few years to keep it working correctly.
4. If you notice any problems with your tankless water heater, such as it not heating water properly, call a professional plumber to have it serviced.
These tips will help you keep your tankless water heater in good working condition for years.
There are many other pros and cons to consider, and the needs of each household are unique. If you’re considering a tankless water heater, and wonder what would be involved, call us at (914) 207-8901 for a free estimate. Flotechs Plumbing & Heating is located in Yonkers, but we serve the surrounding areas of Westchester County.