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Is A Tankless Water Heater Worth The Money?

by Chris Bowman

Tankless water heaters, or instantaneous water heaters are drawing a lot of hype as a new product on the market. Though widely used by many countries around the world, they have yet to catch on in mainstream American homes. The idea is that water is heated only as it's needed, and ideally you would never run out of hot water or pay for a large tank of water to be heated just to sit there as happens with a conventional water heater. 

There are pros and cons to a tankless water heater, here you'll be able to get the facts before making any decisions. 

What Do You Want From Your Water Heater? 

Everyone seems to want the same thing from their water heater. First, nobody wants to wait for their hot water. When you're ready for a hot shower you don't want to wait! Second, nobody likes the hot water to run out! If you're third in line for the shower you better watch out! And third, you want to install a water heater that's not going to cost you a million bucks in energy bills. 

Risk and Hype

Tankless water heaters have been a fad in the past, with companies coming and going and often leaving confused customers in their wake. Often consumers are seduced into buying something they know very little about with bloated claims, but here are the facts. 

  • Tankless water heaters are more expensive. There's no doubt about it, tankless heaters are more expensive than even high capacity water heaters. They just aren't as common. 
  • Your utility bill may or may not be lower. This all depends on the cost of gas vs. electricity in your area. Conventional water heaters use gas to heat a tank of water. Tankless heaters use electricity to heat water as it flows directly to you. If electricity is expensive, your utility bill could end up being more!
  • Maintenance is expensive! Tankless heaters require special care and have many delicate parts. Service technicians can charge more because there are so few of them. 

The Benefits of Going Tankless

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to take a shower as long as you could possibly want and never run out of hot water? Well if you had a tankless water heater you could discover that feeling! Once installed, tankless heaters should last longer than conventional water heaters. If you're a hot water lover, a tankless water heater could be just the thing for you and your home!

To learn more, contact a water heater installation company like Chambliss Plumbing Company