Should You Switch to a Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless water heaterImagine this—after many years of faithful service, you have just discovered that your hot water heater in San Jose has suddenly malfunctioned; you contact your local plumbing specialist only to find out that you need to replace your unit. In this case, you may want to consider opting for a tankless water heater. Not only are they energy-efficient, but they also take up less space than traditional units, offer hot water on demand, and may qualify you for a federal tax rebate. In addition, both electric tankless water heaters and gas tankless water heaters are available. Continue reading to find out more about switching to a tankless water heater.

What Is a Tankless System?

A conventional storage-tank water heater holds water in a reservoir chamber, or tank. That water is continually heated to maintain its temperature for immediate use, which can contribute to a high energy bill every month. In a tankless system, water is heated only when hot water is needed. Therefore, energy is not being constantly used to maintain a steady temperature for water in a tank, which makes this type of hot water heater more cost-effective and eco-friendly than traditional water heaters.

Are You Ready to Switch?

Before you decide to switch over to a tankless water heater, you need to do your research. First and foremost, you need to figure out what your “flow rate” is—that is, the amount of water that your home will need heated based on demand. If you own a large home that routinely uses a lot of hot water, a tankless system may not be right for you; when multiple faucets demand hot water at the same time, a tankless system may not be able to heat enough water to meet the demand. If you are unsure about whether a tankless water heater can meet your family’s needs, reach out to your local plumbing specialist.

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