How hard is your water heater working in your home or business? If it is more than 10 years old, your traditional water heater is likely on its last legs. For this reason, it's important to consider the benefits of upgrading your home to a tankless water heater. Check out the benefits below before you begin the shopping process.
Traditional water heaters require time to refill storage tanks and reheat the water between uses. This might be okay for a residence, but some businesses require a near-constant flow of hot water. If you need to wash dishes during the lunch rush at your restaurant or operate a spa or salon, hot water is a necessity. Tankless systems heat the water as the pipes pass it through the system, delivering as much or as little hot water as you need at any given time.
Water heating systems with tanks continuously work to keep the temperature steady and the water hot, even when you aren't using it. Because a tankless water heater only warms the water as needed, it is more energy-efficient. Using less power is not only better for the environment but for your bills. You'll likely see a drop in your utility bills each month.
Like any component of a house or business property, your water heater will eventually need to be replaced. However, if you switch to a tankless system, you won't need to replace it as often. A conventional water heating system lasts about 12 years if it's a high-end unit. When they start to malfunction, you'll deal with leaking and other problems. Of course, tankless systems will also begin to show wear and tear eventually, but their upgraded manufacturing methods mean they last longer. In fact, a tankless system may last twice as long as a conventional one.
If your home or business is low on space, you know that every square inch counts. Conventional water heaters are large, bulky, and require a lot of space to store the tank safely and adequately. Because tankless models don't have the large barrel that needs to be installed, they are much smaller. Tankless systems can be mounted on a wall in the basement, leaving you with full use of your home or business property's floor space.
If you plan to sell your home or business in the near future, install a tankless water heater now to increase the property value. A tankless system's energy efficiency, compact design, and longevity will look good on paper and likely cause people to be interested in paying more for your property. Even if you aren't planning to sell anytime soon, the longevity means a tankless system is an excellent long-term investment in case you change your mind down the line.
Conventional water heaters are harder to maintain in general, and in addition, they often need to be replaced as soon as you notice any signs that the system is failing. Tankless water heaters are a bit more forgiving. Periodic flushing of the tankless system's heat exchanger is an essential part of longevity, but only need to be done once every 3-5 years. When your tankless system needs new parts, it is easy to purchase individual components rather than need to take apart an entire conventional system, which makes them even more convenient.
Are you ready to make the switch to a more powerful, more effective water tank? Contact Adam & Eve Plumbing about Navien tankless water heaters. We are a trusted, family-owned business that has the knowledge, experience, and professional tools necessary to help you make the switch to a more sustainable system.