Water heaters have a relatively long lifespan of between eight and twelve years, and proper maintenance can make them last even longer. But if it’s been about ten years since you bought your last heater, it might be time to start thinking in advance about what kind of heater you want next. Water heaters have improved a lot over the last decade, and you have several more options available now than choosing between electric and gas and picking out the best size for your household for your new Long Island water heater installation. One of the most significant changes that are becoming more and more cost-effective for homeowners is the choice between a tankless water heater and a more traditional tank.
What’s the difference between a tank and a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters operate by heating water as it is demanded rather than always storing a tankful of hot water. These heaters are often placed close to where the hot water is being used (like next to a shower or in a utility room) and are a smaller rectangular box that can be fixed to the wall. Electric units can be placed almost anywhere gas units need to be placed near an outside wall to run the exhaust vent.
Inside the heater, there is a cold water line and heating elements that quickly increase the temperature of the water within the line. Exiting the unit will be the hot water outlet line that leads to the spout or shower head. These heaters can heat up water very quickly to a preferred temperature, whereas tank-based water heaters have to maintain a vast reservoir of heated water.
What are the advantages of a tankless water heater?
Primarily, tankless water heaters offer efficiency. They can save you up to a third of the energy costs you’d be spending on a traditional water heater (though approximately half of that if your household tends to use a lot of water). Tankless heaters also tend to last longer and are easier to repair because most of the parts are replaceable; because they also don’t have to handle the strain of holding tens of gallons of hot water, their life expectancy is over twenty years per tankless heater.
Most of the energy savings are due to no standby heat losses. They don’t have to constantly regulate and reheat standing water to a pre-determined temperature even while no one is using the water. This means their primary energy use is only in heating up the water initially.
What are the disadvantages of a tankless water heater?
Just like buying a tank water heater, tankless water heaters come in a variety of sizes to handle your hot water demand. While we carry large and commercial tankless water heaters, if you have a large household or tend to use a lot of hot water simultaneously, a tankless water heater may not be appropriate. Many people solve this issue by installing either a larger tankless water heater or a hybrid water heater. Another common solution is to have point-of-use tankless water heaters for showers and appliances, so simultaneous water demands don’t surpass the system.
Another disadvantage is the upfront cost. Tankless water heaters still tend to have a higher price tag than traditional heaters, though the upfront cost is generally more than made up for in energy savings and due to the longer lifespan and energy efficiency. However, if tankless heaters are out of your budget at the moment, tank heaters have also advanced over the past several years to become more and more energy-efficient so you can still get savings on your electricity or gas bill.
No matter which type of heater you have your eye on, Waterheaters.com has trained professionals who can quickly install the best model for your home and who can offer advice and recommendations if you are not yet sure which type you would prefer. If you want to learn more about Long Island water heater installation, please contact Waterheaters.com.