Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Sal’s Plumbing, South Bay’s plumber for over 30 years, specialize in an array of services including installation and servicing of your water heater. We offer a wide array of both Tankless water heaters and conventional from the most trusted names in plumbing. Our water heater specialists at Sal’s Plumbing can help you decide whether or not Tankless Water Heaters are the right fit for you.

The following are some points to consider in deciding whether Tankless Water Heaters would be the most cost effective and best fit in your home or place of business.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heater:

  • Most Tankless Water Heaters come with a federal tax rebate of $300.
  • They never run out of hot water.
  • They last five to 10 years longer than traditional water heaters.
  • They’re more efficient with no standby heat loss.
  • Tankless Water Heaters take up less space and can be installed on walls or outdoors.
  • Smaller units can be installed under cabinets or in a closet, closer to the point of use.
  • They only need enough power to heat the amount of water necessary at any given moment.
  • You can shave as much as 20 percent from your water heating bill.
  • Electric models don’t produce greenhouse gases.
  • Most units are operated by remote control and have up to four separate settings available.
  • There’s no possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank.

Drawbacks of Tankless Water Heater:

  • They cost up to three times as much as a tank water heater.
  • Your hot water output is split among all your household fixtures.
  • You may need to add a larger natural gas line to supply the unit with enough fuel.
  • Venting gas and propane units requires expensive stainless steel tubing.
  • Electric models may require an additional circuit.
  • Gas-powered units produce greenhouse gases.
  • Gas units require the additional expense of an annual servicing.
  • Electric models require a lot of energy.
  • They need a minimum flow rate of .5 GPM in order to activate the heat exchanger.
  • The delay required to run your water in order for it to get hot increases water waste.

Other Considerations:

  • Water heating accounts for about 20 percent of your home energy budget.
  • A whole-house electric model costs $500-$700.
  • A whole-house gas model costs $1,000-$2,000.
  • Natural gas is less expensive now, but expected to surpass electricity in the coming years.
  • A standard bathtub holds about 35 gallons, soaking tubs hold between 45-80 gallons.

In addition to these points, there are many other valid points to consider when looking into the possibility of installing tankless water heaters. If you have any questions or would like a consultation, please give us a call at (310) 692-4183.  We are happy to help!