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To Tank or Not to Tank: Who Needs a Tankless Water Heater?

Too many of us are familiar with the frustration of trying to adjust the water temperature while taking a shower.

You can spend minutes wasting water while you try to adjust the faucet, switching between icy and scalding. If you shower after someone else or take too long, you’ll end up freezing when the hot water runs out. And if you’re lucky enough to not run out of hot water, someone flushing the toilet or running the sink can use up the cold water and leave you boiling.

Did you know that all these problems can be solved with a tankless water heater? If you’re tired of fighting with your water temperature every day, read on to find out if a tankless water heater is right for you.

What Is a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

Traditional water heaters work by heating a reservoir of water and keeping it hot until it’s ready to be used. When you turn on your faucet, it mixes with cold water from your pipes to make your desired temperature. If you use more water than was stored in the tank, though, you’ll have to wait until it refills before your water is warm again.

Gas and electric tankless water heaters, though, don’t rely on a reservoir of water. They heat water on demand as it passes through the unit. Most models run on gas or propane and use a burner to heat the water, but some electric models use a heated coil.

Who Can Benefit From a Tankless Water Heater?

Anyone who runs out of hot water often can benefit from a tankless heater.

This is especially true for households with a lot of members. If your utility bills are sky-high, switching out your traditional water heater for a tankless one can help you lower them. They’re also ideal for landlords looking to raise interest in their properties and free up valuable space in rental units.

Balancing Water Heater Costs and Benefits

The initial cost of a tankless water heater can be higher than the traditional models. Even so, the benefits outweigh the costs if you choose the right model, and they can even end up paying for themselves in the long run.

If you spend a lot of time running the water and waiting for it to get warm, a tankless heater might help you reduce your water bill. It’s also more energy-efficient because instead of always keeping a tank hot, the burner only turns on when you’re using the water.

Tankless water heaters take up less room than traditional models, meaning you might be able to get some storage space back in your basement or closet after switching it out. If you’re on a budget or trying to free up space, you might be tempted to choose the smallest model available.

Keep in mind that the size of the heater is proportional to the amount of water it can heat. As such, smaller models might only be able to heat one faucet at a time, meaning you still can’t run the sink and take a shower at the same time without problems. Make sure you read through some tankless water heater reviews online before choosing the model that best suits your needs and budget.

Choosing a Tankless Water Heater for Your Home

If you’re ready to take the plunge and have a tankless water heater installed, talk with an experienced professional about your options. For those who live in the South Arkansas and Central Louisiana area, we can help. Get in touch with us online or give us a phone call for all of your gas and propane equipment needs.