No homeowner wants to hear that they need a new water heater. The cost of having a new one installed, including labor, can cost you over a thousand dollars. Yet, this appliance has an important job to do, especially if you have a big family. From loads of laundry to daily showers, having a reliable water heater is simply a must.
If your current water heater is old or unreliable and you're beginning to compare units and prices, consider a tankless water heater. There are several reasons why tankless makes more sense than traditional water heaters for St. Louis families.
How do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
Tankless water heaters are also known as instantaneous or on-demand water heaters. These units, which are smaller than traditional water heaters, heat water directly with no need for a storage tank. When you turn the hot water on, cold water travels through the pipe into the tankless water heater unit. There, it is heated by an electric element or a gas burner, depending on the type you choose.
The speed at which tankless water heaters work allows you a constant supply of hot water, right when you need it. Because they produce hot water only as needed, tankless water heaters save energy and save you money.
Advantages of Installing a Tankless Water Heater
(1) Tankless water heaters take up less space.
More compact than a standard water heater, these units are often mounted on a wall.
(2) They are faster and more efficient.
Tankless water heaters can give users 2 to 5 gallons of hot water per minute, on average. They offer a continuous supply of hot water.
(3) They save energy, which saves you money.
These on-demand units use up to 50% less energy than units with tanks. They only run when you turn on the faucet, so there's no need to store 40 to 50 gallons of hot water. Over time, these units can save your family money.
(4) Tankless water heaters last longer than traditional units.
Unlike storage water heaters, which last an average of 10 or 12 years, tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. Plus, they have parts that are easily replaceable and extend the life of these units even further.
Install a Tankless Water Heater Now to Save Money and Energy in the Future
Because most homes are set up with standard water heaters, installing tankless water heaters can cost you a little more upfront. However, over time, these units work more reliably and efficiently, save energy, and save you money.
If you have a large family, it may make sense to install more than one so you can be sure that there is always plenty of hot water available for laundry, dishwashing, and bubble baths. Hot water on demand, for the next 20+ years? We think it's a no-brainer.
Armstrong can Answer Your Questions and Install Energy-Saving Tankless Units for Your Family
The plumbing professionals at Armstrong field plenty of questions about these space-saving, efficient appliances, and we're happy to give you more information. Contact us today for an estimate. We're ready to help.