Why a Tankless Water Heater Might Be Your Best Option to Replace Your Old Hot Water Heater
When I was a kid, my dad once saw me filling up a stove pan with hot water from the kitchen faucet. He asked me what I was doing. I said I was going to boil some water to make instant oatmeal. He asked me why I was using the hot water instead of the cold. I told him it was because I wanted the water to boil faster. My dad proceeded to tell me why drinking hot water from the tap is not such a good idea.
Many people don’t realize that the water present in a traditional hot water heater isn’t necessarily fresh water like your cold-water line. Hot water in a hot-water heater sits and can be rather stagnant. Furthermore, calcium and mineral deposits build up inside of a hot-water tank. So, if you’ve had your water heater for over 10 years, you can imagine the stagnant water with mineral deposits present. This is why hot water can sometimes have a different appearance, texture, and taste when it comes out of the faucet. This is also why you should not consume water from your hot-water tap heated by a traditional hot-water heater.
In addition, if you’ve ever had the experience of watching the disposal or cleaning out of an old traditional hot water heater, maybe right before installing a new one, you will have a visual understanding for why it’s not a good idea to consume water from the hot-water tap that feeds from a traditional hot-water heater. You will see lots of cloudy water with particles in it as the older water that has settled to the bottom is drained out. Yuck, right? And probably not the most healthy way to consume your daily requirement of essential minerals, to say the least!
Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater
Although tankless water heaters cost more to install initially, they will definitely save you money over time, as they are much more energy efficient than traditional water heaters. Tankless water heaters also last longer than traditional water heaters, nearly twice as long, and have longer warranties. Also, the amount of space taken by a tankless water heater is significantly less than that taken by a traditional water heater. Also, when you turn on the tap, you will have hot water in mere seconds. No more waiting for the water to warm up! Tankless water heaters are also far less likely to leak. Finally, you will never have to worry about running out of hot water again because too many showers and appliances are using hot water at the same time.
Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?
There are some things you need to consider first before considering to go tankless.
- First, are you looking to heat water for a bathroom, the kitchen only, or for your entire house?
- Always consider the different types of tankless water heaters and decide which you prefer: Electric or Gas models. Electric models need to have the proper amperage, voltage and right circuit breaker.
- Tankless must have an outlet within 50 feet of where the unit will be wall-mounted.
- Be sure to hire a professional plumbing or heating and air company to install the unit.
At Hemphill Services, we understand the importance of a fast response at a fair price. If you would like help installing a water heater, or are having an issue, call us 24/7. We will gladly send our experienced plumbing technicians to your home or office without delay. Call now, 205-229-2090.