More and more homeowners are swapping out their traditional water heaters for tankless models, but is that really the right choice? Before you make any decisions about a hot water heater, it is best to consult with a plumber near your Portland home, who can evaluate your needs and help you make the best decision for your specific property. As you’re weighing up your options, don’t let these common myths about tankless water heaters sway your decision.
Myth: Going tankless is a no-brainer for homeowners.
Some people believe that the environmental benefits of a tankless water heater make it the only real option when it is time to replace your hot water heater, while others assume that the convenience of having hot water on demand trumps all other factors. In reality, tankless water heaters are excellent for some homes, but they aren’t right for others. Your plumber can help you evaluate the way you use water to decide if a tankless water heater will meet your needs or if you could benefit from using a traditional model.
Myth: Tankless water heaters are the only eco-friendly option.
When tankless water heaters first hit the market, they offered dramatic energy savings compared to traditional water heaters. Now, many water heater manufacturers have made adjustments to their models to catch up with consumer demands for eco-friendly products. As a result, thanks to changes in materials and thicker tank walls, some conventional water heaters are actually more energy-efficient than some tankless water heaters. The real difference comes down to the model you choose. Talk to your plumber about your goals for saving energy, and he or she can help you select the right model, based on the way you consume water in your home.
Myth: All tankless water heaters provide an unlimited supply of hot water.
Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, which eliminates running out of an on-hand supply of hot water, as can happen with traditional tanks. However, that is not the same thing as providing an unlimited supply of hot water. Depending on the size of the tankless heater and its output capacity, using hot water in multiple locations in your home at once can stretch tankless heaters to the limit, leaving them unable to adequately deliver hot water to any of the locations in which you need it. One thing your plumber will help you consider when you are choosing a tankless water heater is what size and capacity you need based on things like whether you run multiple showers at once or frequently use the dishwasher, washing machine, and shower at the same time. Some people can benefit from having more than one tankless heater supplying different parts of the house, while others are better served by a traditional hot water heater.
Don’t make the wrong decision when it comes a crucial purchase like a hot water heater. Let our plumbers inspect your home and help you select the right water heater for your usage and your budget instead of jumping into a one-size-fits-all solution that actually doesn’t work for you. You can explore the full range of our plumbing services on our website, or check out more tips for homeowners on our blog.