Did you know you have options for how to get hot water into your home? Instead of using a traditional hot water heater, you can also opt for the more energy-efficient tankless water heater. Trust our experts at Cooper’s Plumbing & Air to install your unit. In business for more than a decade, we proudly serve the Tallahassee, FL area.
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Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
Deciding between a tankless water heater and a traditional model can be a difficult choice, as there are pros and cons to each model. However, there are distinct advantages to tankless units. Some of these benefits include:
- Save space. These units don’t have a tank, and therefore take up less space.
- No wait time for hot water. You don’t have to wait for a tank full of water to heat up before you can access hot water.
- More energy-efficient. These units use less energy because they don’t require a tank full of water to heat and reheat.
- Safety. Most tankless units use a number of safety features that automatically turn the unit off if a pressure or flow problem occurs.
- Longer life expectancy. These units can last as long as 20 years or more, which is almost double the expectancy of a traditional system.
Common Issues With Tankless Units
All appliances need repairs from time-to-time. When it comes to tankless water heaters, you might encounter some of these common issues:
- During installation, be aware that extensive piping -- along with proper venting and electrical expertise -- are required.
- If the unit isn’t flushed every six months, corrosion and mineral buildup may occur.
- Product overload can occur if the heater is improperly sized or is subjected to heavy use.
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Life Expectancy of Tankless Water Heaters
When it comes to appliances, there is never a sure guarantee of how long one will last. The same is true for tankless water heaters. While the life expectancy of a unit can vary depending on make and model and how well it is maintained, it is estimated that the units can last between 10 and 20 years, or more. The quality of water being heated and how often the system is used can also impact its life expectancy.