Tankless, or instantaneous water heaters, are the tricky new energy saver on the market in terms of getting hot water from your tap. Not only do they save energy but you’re able to get as much hot water as you need exactly when you need it, and it never runs out!
But despite these pros, they also come with some steep cons that make you question their use and have you asking yourself, “What’s the Deal with Tankless Water Heaters?”
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters are essentially a small box that’s installed along your pipeline within close range to your tap. An added perk to the heater is the size- it frees up a little bit of basement space that previously would’ve held an eyesore. As you need hot water, that little box works to heat it up- as opposed to the traditional water heater that constantly stores heated water for when you need it.
This means that you end up saving energy (and money!) over the course of your time with it, as it only works when you need it to. This also means that when you want to take a bubble bath after a long day your hot water is there on demand for you. Sounds nice right?
Too Good to Be True?
One of the main downsides to a tankless water heater is that your water temperatures are bound to be more inconsistent – which is the number one complaint among tankless water heater users. The heater, although instant, often has trouble keeping up with sending hot water to different outlets at the same time. This results in your bath being ice cold, while your laundry is nice and steamy.
Tankless water heaters also have an issue with working well when the tap isn’t fully on. So that means when you’re washing or shaving your face, or brushing your teeth, you should expect a chilly splash of water- even if you’re expecting hot.
Tankless Water Heater Investment
The tankless water heater is also much more expensive than a traditional water heater, at least in terms of up-front cost. The heater will save you money in the long run though, so if you’re able to splurge a bit more at the time, it may be worth it.
What makes it even more worth it is their tax breaks. Tankless water heaters qualify for federal tax credits, specifically because of their energy efficiency. The federal government offers 10% tax credit on the entire process- heater, installation- all of it!
Tankless water heaters are indeed a tricky subject, wrought full of ups and downs. Whether this new system is right for your house or not is determined by a few key factors: up-front vs. long-term price, convenience vs. inconsistency, activities at the sink, and space saving. But if you live in a house where water isn’t often running at the same time, you don’t spend much time at the sink, and can afford to pay a bit more up-front, this option may just be perfect for you!
Looking for more information on Tankless Water Heaters? At Faulstick Plumbing, we specialize in installs, repairs, and inspections for all of your well, water, and plumbing needs. Our family-owned and operated business has built a reputation as the best- doing things the right way with the customer in mind, every time. Give us a call at 570-992-0447 to discuss your needs today!