Is A Tankless Water Heater Worth Your Time And Money?
Posted Mar 09th 2014 | By:
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In a previous article about fixing rust in your water, I mentioned the hot water heater as a possible culprit behind your plumbing woes, but there is a certain method in going about replacing the water heater. However, you don't need a plumber to do this, and it is a simple job that won't take much of your time. Hot water heaters can live up to a decade; but tankless systems can last much longer.
There are two types of water heaters. One is the traditional tank-like system, and the other is a tankless device that is eco-friendly. In a traditional heater, the tank heats idle water, and waits until it is used. With a tankless system, the water is heated as needed, fostering long-term savings. They may be more expensive, but most systems have quality ratings. The great thing about this system is that it can save you money, and it takes up less space regarding installation. Tankless heaters provides a constant supply of hot water, and it costs up to 20 percent less to operate. You can save up to $70-80 a year in costs, and it can last up 20 years. Cost for a tankless water heater for a sink or shower can cost anywhere from $120 to $200. A tankless system for the entire home can be in the range of $800 to $3,000.
The truth is that you're going to spend much more for installation, and this is where many feel uncomfortable installing a tankless system. If going the tankless route, you're going to need a 220V/240V outlet. Where things get costly is that you'll need larger gas pipes than in an average home, and the home requires a stainless steel ventilation system, which can add another $3,000 in costs to your budget. A standard heater can cost anywhere between $300-400. And although there are tankless systems for the entire house, you may still need multiple systems, if you own a larger home. For instance, you may need a separate smaller unit for a sink or shower.
Also, you don't need a tankless system if you don't plan on staying in your home many years to come. But one of the biggest drawbacks of a tankless system is the limited output. Tankless heaters supply a few gallons at a time, so you'll have think about how much how water you use (laundry, dish washer, showers, etc.) to find out if a tankless systems is truly worth it for you and your family. You'll be surprised how fast a few gallons of water can go, especially if you have a large family. A faucet typically uses .75 gallons per minute, while a dish washer or washing machine uses 2 gallons per minute.
For many people, standard systems is the best route to go, but if you are trying to save on your water bills, a tankless heater will be a good system to use, if thinking long-term.
From Quick Plumbing Inc.
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