Tankless - Endless Hot Water not Instant Hot Water

Often our clients are trying to save water and approach us asking us about a tankless water heater because they want to get hot water to their faucet and shower faster.   If that is what you are looking for, then the tankless hot water heater is not the answer.

The promise of the tankless hot water heater is to deliver hot water consistently so that it is endless.  You don’t have to worry about running out of hot water because the water heater continues to heat as long as the faucet valve is open.

The tankless water heater is off until you turn on the faucet. When you turn on your faucet, the water heater is triggered to fire its burners at that moment based on the movement or flow of water through the heater. The heater then flash heats the water that goes through it. 

The water heater is a certain distance away  from the faucet and that is what determines how long it takes to get to your faucet or shower.  It is really just a math calculation, whereby the distance from the water heater to the faucet or shower times the water pressure and the diameter of the pipe determines how long it will take.  It is certainly not instant. For this issue you would be better served by a circulation pump.

The benefits of a tankless water heater is that once you have hot water at the spout of the faucet or through the shower head it stays hot until you turn it off.  So if you have company at your house or your college student home and taking an extra long shower, you won’t have to worry about the limits of a tank size.  The last person taking the shower will get just as much hot water as the first person did. 

The tankless is a small unit. When size matters it may be helpful that the unit is about the size of a piece of carry on luggage.  Also, when it is off there is no turning on to stay warm like a tank style heater.  It is only using gas when you need it to provide the hot water.  Further, if there is ever a leak it would be a drip compared to the potential damage from a large size tank and that may be the biggest benefit of all.

There is a certain level of responsibility that is needed for tankless hot water heater owners.  There is annual maintenance or filter changes to keep the warranty in tact.  Most warranties are 12 years or longer so it makes sense to keep the unit maintained or to use a pre-filter to reduce scale build up.

So if you are considering getting a tankless consider the needs of your family. Do you travel a lot?  You may have some piece of mind with a tankless.  Do you have teenagers home who take a lot of hot showers? Then your water use and bill may just go up with a tankless.  These are all factors that you should consider and if you want to find out more about tankless water heaters or about circulation pumps to get you hot water faster, give us a call

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Tankless Water Heater  Sale

$100.00 off an installed Tankless Water heater.

We will come out for a free estimate to change out your old water heater to a Takagi tankless on-demand water heater.We will provide you with a written proposal then take $100.00 off for the cost of the heater itself.  (While supplies last).

Find out more about the benefits of going Tankless - Tankless water heaters provide an endless supply of hot water.  They potentially will save you space and energy costs because you only pay for gas that you use.  

Also, to address other water wasting when waiting for hot water. We recommend that you install a circulating pump at the farthest fixture.  This eliminates the time it takes to get the hot water to you and saves both water and money in the long run.