Go Green This Spring By Installing a Tankless Water Heater!

Everything Homeowners Need To Know About Tankless Water Heaters

Now more than ever, homeowners are looking for ways to “go green” – to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve water, and help protect the environment. Fortunately, with the wide range of eco-friendly appliances and plumbing fixtures, it’s never been easier to go green at home! Even replacing one old appliance with a new, more energy-efficient model can significantly affect a home’s environmental impact – not to mention the utility bills!

And when upgrading appliances, there’s no better place to start than that rusty old water heater. For many households, a tankless water heater can be a great option for convenience and improved energy efficiency. This article will explain how tankless water heaters work, their benefits, and how to tell if it’s time to install one!

How To Tell When the Old Water Heater Needs Replacing

showerThere are several signs it’s time to replace a water heater. The first is the age of the water heater. Most conventional water heaters last around 10-15 years on average, so if the unit is in that range and having issues, it may be time for a new water heater. 

Regardless of age, some issues may indicate that the unit is on its last leg – rusty or discolored water coming from the hot water taps, water leaking from the unit, or loud noises (such as rumbling or popping) coming from the unit. These typically point to a corroded or damaged hot water tank, necessitating buying a new water heater.

If the hot water doesn’t seem to last as long as it used to, the temperature fluctuates, or there’s no hot water at all, there may be an issue with the thermostat, a gas burner, or an electric heating element (depending on the type of unit). If the unit is older, replacing the unit may be more cost-effective than trying to repair it. A lack of hot water may also indicate that the household is simply going through it too fast, in which case it may be time for a unit with a larger tank – or a tankless water heater.

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Whereas conventional water heaters contain a tank full of water kept hot around the clock, tankless water heaters heat water only as needed. This is why they’re often called “on-demand” water heaters. When a hot water faucet is turned on, cold water flows through a heat exchanger inside the unit and is rapidly heated by either an electric heating element or a gas burner. The hot water then flows to the faucet.

Since only so much water can flow through a tankless water heater at once, the flow rate may suffer if multiple fixtures use a high volume of hot water simultaneously – when someone is taking a shower while the dishwasher is running, for instance. But unlike with a conventional unit, homeowners will never run out of hot water and have to wait for the storage tank to heat back up. This is just one of the many benefits of tankless water heaters.

Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

benefitsIn addition to the never-ending hot water supply, on-demand water heaters offer several other advantages. Since they don’t perpetually hold a tank of water at a certain temperature, tankless units virtually eliminate standby heat loss. They use less energy overall – depending on the home’s water usage, going tankless may improve water heater efficiency by anywhere from 8% to around 34%. 

Tankless water heaters also take up less space, require less maintenance, and last much longer than conventional units (20 years or more). So homeowners won’t just be saving money on energy costs; they’ll also save on service, repairs, and water heater replacement over the long haul.

Of course, other high-efficiency water heaters are becoming more popular, and tankless might not be the best fit for every household – so homeowners should consult with their trusted plumber to weigh the options and find the right water heater for their specific needs!

About Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC

The veteran-owned and operated Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC has proudly served Stuart and the Treasure Coast for over 30 years. Their commitment to providing unbeatable workmanship and stellar customer service has earned them HomeAdvisor’s “Best Of” and “Elite Service” awards and thousands of happy customers! Allore’s offers emergency service and guarantees 100% satisfaction on every job, so call them today for a water heater replacement in Stuart, FL!

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