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How to Purchase a Tankless Water Heater

October 28 / 2015

Selecting the best tankless water heater for your home requires thorough research and planning. It’s not a decision you should make hastily, even if you are in a rush to replace your current appliance. There are several factors to consider if you want to select a unit that provides convenient service for your home without sacrificing efficiency.

Tankless vs. Conventional Heaters

There are many reasons for homeowners to choose a tankless system over a conventional one, but that doesn’t mean they are always the best option. Before you start looking through appliances from various manufacturers, you should carefully evaluate your situation to make sure a tankless heater is the right choice for you. Tankless systems offer several important benefits to homeowners, including:
  • Running off electricity and gas, which are widely available
  • On-demand heating prevents energy waste
  • Smaller size makes placement easier, can install above the ground
Common drawbacks of tankless heaters include:
  • Difficulty keeping up with high demand, especially in large households
  • Relatively high initial cost
  • Requires nearby ventilation
Tankless water heaters may have trouble keeping up with the demand of several appliances and showers simultaneously. If your household regularly runs dishwashers and laundry machines at the same time, you may find yourself suddenly shivering in the shower. This obstacle can be managed by coordinating the use of appliances to avoid overlapping with bathing.

Considerations When Choosing a Tankless Water Heater

To accurately gauge your expected water use, you can estimate daily consumption in gallons based on how often you use appliances, sinks, and showers. Look up the typical flow rate for your appliances and fixtures, and compare them to the output of your tankless heater options. You can also contact a local professional plumber to help evaluate your expected needs.
  1. Installation and Fuel Costs
For some customers, the high initial cost can cause hesitation when choosing between a tankless and conventional system. However, many homeowners see a significant reduction in annual energy use by making this switch. Fuel costs are also a variable factor that largely depends on your location. The cost of gas and electricity differ between states, so be sure to research your anticipated fuel costs.
  1. Capacity
Costs aren’t the only big consideration for customers. After all, being bombarded by frigid water during your morning shower is not a pleasant experience for most people. When selecting a tankless system, it’s critical to honestly and carefully evaluate your daily water usage to make sure the unit can keep up with the demand.
  1. Efficiency and Convenience
Tankless water heaters can be installed in your plumbing system to support a conventional system. This is particularly useful if you regularly have guests over for extended stays. These heaters are also good choices for seasonal residences since there is no need to activate and shut off the appliance between visits. For more information about repairing or replacing a tankless water heater in your home, call us today!