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Water Heater Installation: Is It Time to Go Tankless?

repair of the gas water heaterWhen it comes to using hot water in your home, you probably don’t think about it very much, even though you do it on a daily and even hourly basis. In other words, most people take their hot water for granted. Water heaters are such a standard part of modern homes, who would give a whole lot of thought to this aspect of their plumbing in Carrboro, NC?

Nevertheless, if you’re using an old and/or inefficient water heater system, then you may be paying more than necessary for it to operate. Water heaters are designed to last a very long time and are extremely durable, but eventually you’ll need to replace yours. If you already have the standard storage tank-type water heater, then you may think you can only replace it with another upgraded version.

This might be the right choice for your home, but we encourage you to consider another option—the tankless water heater.

Aren’t Tankless Water Heaters Pricey?

This is, naturally, one of the first concerns that homeowners have in regards to upgrading to a tankless water heater—the cost. Specifically, they notice that a tankless water heater costs a significant amount more than a storage tank system to install.

We agree, the cost of any home comfort or plumbing system should be a serious factor to consider. However, while that initial cost may cause a bit of sticker shock, we urge you to not just brush off a tankless system right off the bat.

Yes, you’ll pay more for a tankless water heater system than its alternative. That’s not a bad thing, though! You know the phrase, “you get what you pay for?” Well when you buy a tankless system, you’re paying for a more efficient water heater. This means that the costs over time are going to be significantly lower than they would be with a storage tank system, ultimately paying back that installation cost.

More about Tankless Efficiency

No matter what appliance you’re purchasing for your home, we expect you to be concerned with its efficiency. That being said, it’s important to note that even the most efficient storage tank water heater will experience standby energy loss—that is, when heat from the water inside the tank transfers out into the air surrounding it, resulting in the need to reheat the water stored in the tank.

Tankless systems, just by design, do not have this issue.

Consider System Lifespan

A well-manufactured, installed, and maintained storage tank water heater should last around 12-15 years before requiring replacement. A tankless system extends that lifespan to the 20-25 year range. If you’re planning on staying in your home for at least this long, then investing in a tankless system could definitely make sense for your situation.

Of course, as we’ve implied above, there are benefits and downfalls to either type of water heater system. Our team is standing by and ready to help you determine what system is best for your specific home and needs.

At One Call Plumbing, we are blending technology with traditional values.

Contact us today!

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