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Features of a Tankless Water Heater

Features of a Tankless Water Heater

Water heaters are a crucial element in homes across the world. There are two types of water heaters: tank and tankless. Tank water heaters are still a dominant force in the industry, but tankless water heaters are growing in popularity due to their unique characteristics.

Tankless water heaters warm up the water as it is needed. This contrasts with a tank heater, which collects water and keeps it warm so it’s at the ready when you turn on the faucet. Here’s how tankless water heaters work and why they may be right for your home.

Operation

As we said, a tankless water heater heats up water as you use it. Therefore, there is no storage tank needed. Tankless heaters take up much less space as a result. Water travels through the unit and is heated by the heating elements before traveling to your faucet, shower, or appliances.

According to the EPA, tankless water heaters can create hot water at a rate of 2 to 5 gallons per minute. This also depends on the type of fuel used for the system.

Benefits

Tankless water heaters have a lot of benefits, including their space-saving size. Tank water heaters waste energy trying to keep standing water warm while in the tank. If you aren’t using that water right away, the energy is wasted, costing you more money. This problem doesn’t exist with tankless heaters.

Tankless water heaters can help save energy and they will usually last a lot longer than tank heaters.

Downsides

The biggest problem with tankless water heaters is their upfront costs, which are higher than tank heaters. However, this can be offset by their longer lives and energy savings.

Another downside is that tankless water heaters have a limit on how much water they can supply for a home. The more water your home uses each day, the less efficient the system will be.

Tankless Water Heater Repair & Installation

The Integrated Plumbing Solutions team is serving the Atlanta area with fast and effective plumbing solutions. Contact us today at (770) 343-7370 for more information on tankless water heaters.