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Is A Tankless Water Heater Right For You?

  • Alma 
  • 1 min read

As Utah’s temperatures plummet, the need for endless hot water increases. While the traditional water heater has been the most popular heater for years, a modern revolution is brewing: the rise of the tankless water heater. At Sunset Plumbing, we’re champions of this innovative technology, recognizing its potential to transform Utah homes into havens of warmth and efficiency. 

What exactly is a

tankless water heater?

A tankless water heater is a device that warms up water. It’s highly efficient because it only heats water when it’s needed, reducing energy consumption. Tankless water heaters are a solution, for cramped spaces. They can be powered by electricity, gas, or propane. As long as you select the capacity, for your home you’ll have an endless supply of hot water and no longer need to concern yourself with emptying the tank.

How do tankless water heaters work?

 

Tankless water heaters operate by responding to the change, in pressure within the pipes when you open the hot water faucet. This triggers the water heater to activate. Initially, cold water flows out of the tap as there is no water. However, within a period the water becomes pleasantly hot as it passes through the heating elements of the water heater. When you close the faucet it signals the heater to turn off 

Benefits of tankless water heaters for Utah Homes

Tankless water heaters use up to 34% energy compared to tank-style water heaters. This means you’ll have utility bills and the satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing to an environmentally friendly future.

Not only are water heaters efficient in their operation but they also take up less physical space. With a system, you won’t have tanks taking up valuable basement or garage space. These compact units can be easily mounted on the wall freeing up room.

Another advantage of systems is their lifespan. On average they can last for 20 years which is almost double that of water heaters. Investing in a water heater is a choice, for the long run.

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

 

Pros:

  • Energy Efficiency: According to Department of Energy, tankless water heaters can be 24% to 34% more energy-efficient for homes that use less than 41 gallons of hot water daily.
  • Cost Savings: While the upfront investment might be higher, the long-term savings on utility bills can be substantial.
  • Endless hot water: No more scheduling your family’s showers or laundry loads; enjoy hot water whenever you need it.
  • Space-saving: Compact design frees up valuable space in your home, typically installed on a wall.
  • Longer lifespan: Typically have a longer lifespan than traditional water heaters.
  • Reduced maintenance: Fewer components to maintain compared to traditional water heaters.

Cons:

  • Higher initial cost: Can be more expensive to purchase and install than traditional water heaters.
  • Flow rate limitations: May not be suitable for homes with exceptionally high hot water demands.
  • Potential temperature fluctuations: Depending on the model, water temperature may vary slightly while the flow rate adjusts.

Misconceptions about tankless water heaters, let’s address them

 

They don’t provide instant hot water; While not truly instantaneous, good tankless heaters deliver very hot water almost immediately due to the on-demand heating. You may experience a brief wait or cooler water initially from the pipes, but it quickly transitions to the desired temperature.

They can’t handle multiple hot water demands; Tankless models have sufficient flow rates to handle multiple appliances. However, the required flow rate varies based on the model. Ensure your chosen model matches your peak hot water demand and you will have no issues running multiple hot showers at the same time.

They’re prone to temperature fluctuations; Some older models might experience slight temperature fluctuations when multiple showers are in use simultaneously. Newer models with advanced technology manage water flow and temperature more effectively.

They’re expensive to install and maintain; While the initial cost and installation can be higher compared to traditional heaters, the long-term savings on energy bills and reduced maintenance often offset the initial expense. Additionally, tankless units have fewer components and minimal maintenance requirements.

They don’t work well in cold climates; Most tankless heaters are designed for various climates, including cold ones. Some models have additional features like freeze protection for extreme temperatures.

They require special venting; Depending on fuel type some models do require venting, however, not all of them need this such as electric tankless water heaters do not require any venting. 

They make loud noises; Most modern tankless systems operate very quietly, often at acceptable noise levels for residential settings.

Choosing the best water heater for you

 

There are several types of water heaters and a tankless one may or may not be the right fit for your home or business. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on a water heater;

  • Household needs; How many people live in your home and how many bathrooms or appliances require hot water simultaneously?
  • Water Pressure; Some models might lower the water pressure.
  • Flow Rate; Tankless heaters have varying flow rates, so ensure yours can handle your peak demand.
  • Fuel Source; Gas and electricity both have their own set of pros and cons.
  • Existing Plumbing and installation; Plumbing or configuration adjustments might need to be made to accommodate the heater’s water pressure and flow requirements.
  • Upfront investment costs; tankless water heaters have a higher initial cost.

Why Use Sunset Plumbing for Your Water Heater Needs

When it comes to integrating a tankless water heater into your Utah home, Sunset Plumbing stands ready to provide top-tier service and expertise:

  • Professional Installation: Our licensed plumbers ensure your system is installed correctly and efficiently.
  • 24/7 Emergency Services: We understand that plumbing issues don’t wait for business hours, so we’re available around the clock.
  • Customized Solutions: Each home is unique, and so are your hot water needs. We provide tailored solutions to suit your specific requirements.

To sum up, choosing water heaters for homes in Utah offers advantages that traditional tanks cannot match. These include cost savings, energy efficiency, convenience and eco friendliness. Beehive Plumbing has the expertise to guide you through the transition and provide you with the comforts of home heating. Are you ready to upgrade to a supply of water? Contact us today to discover more about our water heater services.

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Alma Bradshaw

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Hello, My name is Alma Bradshaw. I'm a licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience in the industry. It's important to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest plumbing techniques, innovations, codes, and regulations. Learn more about plumbing here and feel free to comment below with any questions.

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