Should You Switch to a Tankless Water Heater?

By Winters Home Services

Switching to a tankless water heater could be one of the best decisions you ever make for your home. Tankless water heaters have so many benefits and upsides that they make their old tank-style counterparts feel dated and old-fashioned. Eventually, tankless water heaters will be the new standard technology you’ll find everywhere, however homeowners who have these older systems will have to decide for themselves when they want to complete this upgrade.

If you’re wondering whether you should invest in a tankless water heater system for your home, check out this helpful quiz below.

#1: Do you frequently run out of hot water?

Do you find that you’re running out of hot water halfway through your family’s morning showers? Does doing a load of laundry, running a load of dishes, and filling a mopping bucket with hot water run your tank as dry as a bone in no time at all? Your current water heater doesn’t have the capacity you need, and that’s a problem that will disappear by upgrading to a tankless water heater system. Tankless water heaters produce the hot water you need on-demand, meaning they can produce an infinite supply of hot water so long as your utility connections remain active. You’ll never have to worry about the last shower of the morning being ice cold ever again.

#2: Is your water heater more than 8 years old?

Believe it or not, eight years of age is the average age of a tank-style water heater. Some tanks will last up to ten years or more, but most don’t make it much longer than that without a leak or some other type of serious problem appearing that mandates a total tank replacement. Replacing a tank is expensive, and happens far too often for the average homeowner’s liking. However, if you switch over to a tankless system, you may never have to replace an aging tank ever again. Tankless heaters are far more durable than their predecessors, and leaks and other issues can usually be repaired as opposed to needing the entire unit replaced. If you’re tired of your heaters needing to be replaced when they age, make the switch!

#3: Do you find that running multiple hot-water devices at once leads to none of them working well?

Tank capacity is one thing, but water heater throughput is another important factor. If your water heater can’t keep up with the amount of water you need during peak demand moments, then you should probably replace it with a new one. When you install a tankless water heater, you’ll not only select a heater that meets your demands, but you’ll also have the opportunity to improve your water heater throughput by enlarging lines. This means more hot water when you need it and better overall comfort and functionality at home.

#4: Are you spending a ton on energy bills?

Your old tank-style water heart uses a lot of energy. This is because no matter how well-built or insulated a tank may be, it’s not going to be able to hold all of the heat you put into it. Heat will escape, and eventually your heater will have to turn back on to bring the water back up to temperature. This happens a lot when your home is empty while everyone is off to work or school for the day. With a tankless water heater, you only heat the water once, when you need it, meaning you pay less in energy for the hot water you need.

#5: Do you want your home to be safer?

Tank-style water heaters actually have a number of risks. When you heat water, you also heat any air in your tank, and that air and water vapor builds up as pressure in your tank. This water pressure can be alleviated through an expansion tank and you have a pressure release valve designed to open if too much pressure builds inside, but these valves can fail and (in very rare circumstances) cause a tank to potentially explode because of the pressure. Tankless water heaters don’t have this problem. Likewise, because you don’t have a tank, you don’t have to worry about an extremely heavy tank of water falling over in an earthquake or unexpected tremor. These are rare, but a falling tank could cause major damage or serious injury, so you’ll want to avoid it if you can. A tankless water heater does just that.

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, a tankless water heater may be the right upgrade for you! Call Winters Home Services at tel:(617) 977-3101 to request a tankless water heater quote today.