Posted on: 12 December 2016Share
Tankless water heaters used to have a rather shady reputation in decades past, so you may not initially consider them as a viable option if you haven't shopped for a water heater in several decades. However, nowadays, as long as you pick a reputable company and supplier, you may be surprised at how reliable a tankless water heater can be. Here are a few signs that can help you recognize if a tankless water heater may be right for your next water heater installation.
You need more than 50 gallons of hot water
If your old water heater had a large tank but kept running out of hot water on laundry day, you may need a system that can supply hot water indefinitely. Tankless units heat water as it's needed, so they never "run out." They do have a limit to how much water they can heat at a time, but you can simply get a higher-capacity unit (or multiple units) if you have high demands.
You want to save energy and money
It's true that a tankless heater costs more up front. It's also true that you have to have some conversion work done to get it to talk to your plumbing system, and that may not be cheap either. But it can also work for considerably more years than the conventional water heater, meaning you'll need fewer replacements, and it can save you a lot of money on energy each year as well.
You're able to make the investment in professional installation and infrastructure changes
If you've done a cost-benefit analysis and decided that you'll save money overall over the life of the water heater despite the installation costs and the unit costs, the only thing left is to decide whether you can actually afford it right now. It's probably not worth it to go into debt for a water heater, but if you do find that it's within your budget and the other signs apply to you, too, this type of water heater may be just what you need to provide you with hot showers for the next few decades.
If you're still unsure after reading these signs, it's possible that your best bet would be to go with the type of water heater you had before. Consult with your plumber before making a decision; he or she can help you figure out exactly how much work it would take to adapt your plumbing system to a new type of water heater. Contact a company like ATA's Plumbing to learn more.