If you’re like most people, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your water heater. It’s one of those “buy it, then forget it” purchases. At least that’s the way it should be. But what if, after a long day of working in the cold, there’s no hot water coming from your faucets? Instead of warming up to a nice hot shower, you’re forced to endure an ice bath. It’s moments like this that make people realize how important their water heater is, and how in cold temperatures a tankless water heater can become a lifesaver.
The hurdle many of us face when considering a tankless water heater is that there are some misconceptions surrounding it. Let’s face those myths head on, right now.
Myth #1: Tankless Water Heaters Are Too Expensive
Perhaps at one time, but not now. The technology of tankless water heaters has improved tremendously, and now you can expect to start saving on energy bills right away when you have one installed. While it is true that installing a tankless water heater will cost you more up front, you’ll save much more over time. What makes a tankless water heater so efficient is that it only heats water when it’s needed. This is opposite to how traditional water heaters work, as they keep boiling water whether you need it or not.
Myth #2: They Don’t Store Enough Hot Water
Another common myth with tankless water heaters is they don’t have the capacity to store enough hot water as compared to traditional water heaters. Well, at face value, yes this is true. Traditional water heaters come with a tank which has a limited capacity. When you use the entire amount of hot water, you will have to wait for quite a long time before hot water is ready to be used again. Tankless water heaters do not have prefilled tanks of water. Water gets heated and warmed when it passes through the water heater. Thus, with a tankless water heater, you have an unlimited supply of hot water. So, true – but also not true.
Myth #3: Tankless Systems Aren’t Safe
This is a concern about how well a tankless water heater regulates temperature. But believe it or not, traditional water heaters are generally more unsafe to be installed at your homes. They can be a safety hazard if they are not regularly maintained as compared to tankless water heaters. Rust is a common issue with traditional water heaters, in addition to the problem of gas and water leakage. Since they keep running all day long, they require more serious maintenance every now and then.
Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, don’t run 24/7. They only work when one needs hot water, which reduces the chances of too much wear and tear. In fact, they also have a longer lifespan than traditional water heaters.
If you have any other questions about tankless water heaters, call your local Louisville or Lexington Dauenhauer, any hour.