Last time, we discussed the theory and operation of a tankless water heater. In the most basic terms, a tankless water heater heats water on demand, and eliminates the storage tank. This addition can be added quite easily during a copper repipe or if major repairs are needed. There are advantages to installing a tankless heater.
Clearly, it is in the best interest of everyone to conserve water and save energy. The tankless option can decrease the amount of hot water that you use simply through the fact that the unit may be placed close to the fixture. The idea being that, the closer the heater is to the fixture, less water will need to be run to get water of the desired temperature. Realistically, it is unlikely that your water usage will decrease with a tankless water heater.
The energy savings are the a valid reason for a tankless. By nature, a storage water heater is much less efficient. The storage system heats up stored water with natural gas or electricity and holds the water until there is a demand. Naturally, the water tries to equalize temperature, losing heat through the tank and forcing the heating element to continually try and catch up. Tankless heaters only heat when the water is needed and it is much more energy friendly. Due to the lower water usage and a decrease in energy consumption, that a noticeable cost benefit is possible. As amazing as tankless technology is, it is not without its drawbacks. Call California Repipe Specialists today and discuss your options for aging plumbing.