Tucker Hill Air, Plumbing & Electric, a commercial and residential plumbing, electrical, and HVAC service provider, encourages homeowners to consult a licensed plumbing professional before purchasing a tankless water heater.
A tankless water heater instantaneously heats water without the use of a storage tank. Cold water is heated by a heat exchanger and either a natural gas burner or an electric element. Gas-powered tankless water heaters are capable of producing more hot water per minute than electric-powered water heaters. However, homeowners may need to install two tankless water heaters to ensure adequate hot water supply if they plan on simultaneously using multiple appliances that require hot water (such as the washer and dishwasher) and taking a shower.
The benefits of a tankless water heater outweigh the higher initial cost when compared to a conventional storage water heater. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “A tankless water heater will last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset their higher purchase price.” In addition, “Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that may extend their life by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years.”
Though storage water heaters have standby heat losses that raise energy costs, gas-powered tankless water heaters can also waste energy if they have a pilot light. “For this reason,” says Jeremy Prevost, CEO of Tucker Hill, “it’s important to consult with a licensed plumber to learn about the pros and cons of each type of tankless water heater and to find out which product is best for your home.”
To learn more about tankless water heaters, contact Tucker Hill Air, Plumbing & Electric, by calling 602-767-6812.