Tankless water heaters are finding their way in more homes as more homeowners learn of them and the reasons why they can be a better option than their current water heater that consists of a large, bulky tank. If you want to know more about tankless water heaters because you think you might want to have the one you have now replaced with one, then read the questions here and the answers to them.
What exactly is a tankless water heater and how does it work?
While the name suggests the water heater is tankless, people who have never seen one before can still have a hard time imagining how this would work because all they have experience with are the ones with tanks, which are still found in the majority of homes, for now. A tankless water heater is a water heater that has no tank where water is stored and kept heated in case someone ends up needing hot water.
With a tankless water heater, the water will instead be heated as it is asked for. For example, if you turn on your hot water to wash a sink full of dishes, then the water heater goes on and heats the water to the temperature you have chosen and the water will be directed to the sink, nice and hot. When you are done washing the dishes and you turn off the tap, the water heater will turn off as well.
Which type of water heater will work more efficiently?
A tankless water heater is much more efficient than one with a tank. With a tank, you will have a large amount of water that will be kept hot at all times, just in case someone has a need for some hot water. However, if no one needs hot water any time soon, then all the work being done to keep the water heated will be a waste. When you consider all the hours during each day when no one is home, you will have a better understanding of just how much unnecessary work your water heater is doing on a regular basis. With a tankless water heater, it won't do any work until the hot water is needed and this makes it the more efficient choice by far.
So, does 'tankless' mean you will have more space?
Yes, getting rid of that big tank means having that space to use for whatever else you would like to use it for. The unit that will be replacing it in the house will be significantly smaller. In many cases, bulky water heaters can be in locations that really bother people and if this is true in your case, then you will be glad to be able to say good riddance to that intrusive eyesore.
If you are thinking of upgrading to a tankless water heater, remember the information above to decide if it's the best option for your home.