Tankless water heaters are one of the latest inventions to become popular in modern homes. There are many benefits to these appliances. At Terry’s Plumbing, we’ve started seeing more of these heaters in homes around Pittsburgh. Knowing the advantages, disadvantages and the details of the way these appliances function can help you decide whether or not tankless water heaters are for you.
To understand tankless water heaters, it helps to know how a traditional water heater works. A traditional water heater is a large tank designed to hold between 30 and 50 gallons of water. Heating elements inside the tank keep the water warm at all times, to ensure that hot water is available on demand.
As you might imagine, tankless water heaters have no tank and hold no water. Heating elements inside these heaters produce warm water only when the hot water faucet is turned on.
You might be asking yourself, what’s the big deal? Why get a water heater that has no tank?
Tankless water heaters aren’t for everybody. Some of their disadvantages include higher purchase costs and higher cost of installation. In homes with traditional water heaters, conversion to a tankless unit can be pricey. This up-front investment can be a deterrent for homeowners on a budget. Fortunately for homeowners who can’t afford a tankless unit, traditional tank water heaters are still a practical solution.
Some homeowners may have heard that tankless water heaters require no regular maintenance. This is not really true. Tankless water heaters should be cleaned periodically to prevent scale from building up on the heating elements. Below is a video that demonstrates this relatively easy process.
Interested in installing a tankless water heater in your home? Contact Terry’s Plumbing today. We sell plumbing supplies and perform installations. Whether your water heater needs to be serviced or replaced, we can help. Call us today at (412) 364-9114.