If you are thinking of upgrading to a tankless water heater, Pro-Plumbing Works has listed the pros and cons of installing a tankless water heater in Longboat Key. To help you make the right decision about which kind to install, we’ll explain how tankless water heaters work and point out some of their advantages and disadvantages.

How Tankless Water Heaters Work

Tankless or on-demand water heaters are activated when a hot water tap is opened. They do not store water and turn on regularly to keep the water hot. A tankless water heater unit heats the water using either a gas burner or an electric element and directs the water wherever it’s needed in your home. Since there’s no tank that must be replenished, you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water. Once you close the hot water tap, the unit senses that the flow of water has stopped and shuts off the heating element.

The Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

  • They are smaller than conventional storage heaters, are wall-mounted, and do not take up floor space. Their size can make them particularly attractive in homes where square footage is at a premium.
  •  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating water accounts for about 30 percent of a family’s energy bills. Using a tankless water heater can reduce these costs by up to 50 percent. This can help you save on your energy costs.
  • They are durable and less likely to fail, causing potentially catastrophic flooding in your home. Tankless units have an average lifespan of about twice that of conventional water heaters.

The Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heaters

  • During power outages, tankless units will not produce hot water. Unlike conventional water heaters, that store hot water for a period of time.
  • The installation of Tankless units will costs you more money upfront for purchase and installation. An electric tankless unit will cost about $500 to $700, roughly the same as a traditional tank model, while the cost of a gas tankless heater runs about $1,000 to $1,200. Beyond the initial cost, the national average for the installation of a tankless unit is slightly over $1,700. In many cases, existing piping must be extended or relocated, and for a gas unit, a safe vent must be installed to prevent carbon monoxide from accumulating inside the home.

Pro-Plumbing Works is a leader in the water heater installation and repair industry, throughout the Longboat Key area.

Contact us if you are trying to decide whether or not to go with a tankless hot water heater. We will discuss all your options so you can make the best decision for your circumstance. We have experienced and highly trained technicians who use the most advanced tools available in order to assist you with all your hot water tank questions. Pro-Plumbing Works can provide same-day service & has an emergency phone number available 24/7.

Call us at (941) 400-4864

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