Tankless Water Heaters: What They Are and Why You Need One
Tankless water heaters are better than conventional ones, and that’s just a fact.
After all, we’ve all been in that situation.
You’re in the shower, and it’s been a hard day. You’d like nothing more than to sit under the steaming water for as long as it takes for you to relax.
In fact, you’re doing just that when you feel it. The water is losing its heat.
Over the next several minutes, you wrestle with the knobs, turning the cold water all the way off and the hot water all the way on until finally, the water is so cold that it isn’t helping anymore. You didn’t even have time to shampoo, but you can’t do it now with freezing shower water. You’ll just have to put it off until tomorrow.
This is one of the many drawbacks that conventional water heaters present. Unfortunately, though, these types of heaters are so common that many people don’t realize that alternatives exist at all.
Here, you’ll find details on the tankless water heater, as well as basic information on how it works, what you can expect, and how you can obtain your own.
Let’s get started.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters are designed to provide hot water as it is needed, rather than store specific amounts of it in a finite tank.
With a tankless heater, such as the Noritz water heater, water begins to flow when you turn on your hot water faucet. The cold water in your pipes then flows through a heat exchanger unit where your choice of natural gas or propane will heat it instantaneously
This means you have a constant supply of hot water with no risk of it running out when you need it the most.
Why are Tankless Water Heaters Better?
There are several advantages that tankless water heaters present. The obvious one, of course, is that you never have to concern yourself with running out of hot water. However, there are many others that you may not have considered.
Let’s have a look at the biggest ones:
#1: Space Savings
Have you ever wished your home had just a little more space? Tankless water heaters can provide you with that.
For reference, the typical tanked water heater is about two feet wide and four feet tall. Because of this, many builders have taken to carving entire closets out in the homes they build just to house this massive unit.
With tankless heaters, however, you can expect them to average around 16 inches wide, 26 inches (or just over 2 feet) long, and half a foot deep. This means that you only need the smallest space to put it in, such as hanging on a laundry room or basement wall.
#2: Energy Efficiency
No matter how energy-efficient than conventional water heater promises to be, it will always be using power throughout the day to keep your stored water hot. With tankless heaters, however, their unique design guarantees they aren’t using any power unless a faucet is actively running.
Consider all those vacations you take: that entire time you’re away from your house, your water heater is eating away at your wallet. With a tankless heater, that stops immediately.
It’s true that tankless heaters can cost a little more upfront, but that extra buck is more than made up for in the long run.
#3: They Protect from Disaster
If you’ve never had a tanked water heater burst on you and flood an entire floor of your home, then you’re among the lucky ones.
The sad truth of conventional water heaters is that they’re essentially ticking time bombs. If you don’t replace them in due time, then you’re all but inviting catastrophe into your home.
With tankless water heaters, however, a rupture can only ever cause as much damage as a leaky faucet, so you’re always protected from indoor floods!
#4: Black-Out Solutions
Obtaining hot water during a power outage can be a pain, especially if it’s an extended period of time. With a tanked water heater, you’ll have hot water for the first little bit, but if you don’t use it up, it will cool within a day or so and leave you with no chance of a relaxing shower.
With tankless water heaters, there’s an easy solution to this issue. There are small, battery-powered backup generators that can kickstart your heater and provide you with days of heated water even when you’re without power!
#5: Bye Bye, Stale Water
Over periods of no use, tanked water heaters retain the same old, stinky water for whenever you decide to use it again. Your tankless water heater only heats on demand, though, so there will always be freshwater running through.
How to Get Your Own Tankless Water Heater
By this point, you’re probably cursing yourself forever using a tanked heater in the first place, and are wondering how to start the process of transitioning to a tankless heated system.
We recommend getting started with a Noritz tankless water heater. With this brand, you can expect an environmentally friendly option that doesn’t break the bank, as well as the best Noritz product warranties on the market.
Arnett’s Water Systems is proud to be the #1 provider of Noritz tankless water heaters in San Diego. We have over twenty-five years of experience installing, selling, and fixing Noritz brand tankless heaters, and we’re ready to provide those services to you as well.
Arnett’s is here to help you experience the difference with better water. Contact us today to receive a free quote and get started making the tankless switch.