While you might think that tankless water heaters are a new technology, the truth is that they have been around for a long time. Many other countries actually use them instead of what Americans think of as the traditional water heater. One might wonder if tankless water heaters would be ideal for everyone then, but this isn’t always the case. If you are considering switching, there are some things you should consider while determining if this is a good option for your family.
First, think about how your family functions. Do you shower one after the other or are there showers going throughout the house at one time? If you all tend to shower right after one another, the water heater you have probably runs out by the third or fourth person. In this case, tankless water heaters are an ideal solution. However, if you have multiple bathrooms and tend to shower at the same moment, tankless water heaters will have trouble keeping up with that. In this case you would need a separate unit for each bathroom, which may be more expensive to set up than you want to budget for. However, if you consider that you do not have the space for the larger, standard water heater, it may still make a lot of sense.
Another consideration is how long you plan to be in your home. Regular water heaters have a lifespan of about 7 to 10 years, whereas tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance. Tankless water heaters can also raise the value of your home since buyers find this a bonus.
If you have more questions about tankless water heaters, give us a call at Minyard Plumbing, Inc., in Hickory, North Carolina. We carry the Rinnai tankless water heaters and we maintain and repair them as well. We’d be happy to answer your questions and help you ascertain if this is a good option for your home. Let us help you end those cold showers once and for all!