The water heater that you have in your home will be a plumbing appliance that will have a large impact on your overall comfort. For a homeowner that is thinking of upgrading to a tankless water heater, it is important to have an accurate understanding of what to expect from this option
Tankless Water Heaters Can Run Low On Hot Water If Multiple Plumbing Fixtures And Appliances Are Active
One of the main attractions for tankless water heaters is that they will be able to provide an almost unending stream of hot water. However, it should be noted that these systems can become overwhelmed if there are multiple plumbing fixtures or appliances using hot water. To reduce the risk of this happening, the tankless water heater will need to be sized to the estimated needs of your home. This is particularly important for households with multiple showers or baths as they may be more likely to have multiple members using hot water at the same time.
Tankless Water Heaters Are Fairly Compact In Size
To produce hot water, a tankless water heater will pass the stream of water through a series of heated tubes. This can rapidly bring the water to the desired temperature. However, this design does not mean that the tankless unit will be substantially larger than a traditional water heater. These tubes can be arranged very closely together so that they will not need to dedicate a lot of space to this appliance. Those that would need a high capacity traditional water heater may find that the tankless option may even require less space while offering better performance than their previous unit.
Tankless Water Heaters Will Need To Be Serviced Regularly
Tankless water heaters are extremely efficient and reliable, but they will need some maintenance to keep them in working condition. These units will need to be occasionally flushed to remove mineral and sediment deposits from them. Additionally, some of the heating elements may start to fail or suffer performance issues, and they will have to be replaced in order to restore the performance of the unit. Depending on the particular design and recommended maintenance schedule for your tankless water heater, it may need to undergo this work every few years. Those with hard or sediment-rich water may need to have their unit serviced more frequently. Otherwise, these issues can lead to the output of the tankless water heater gradually deteriorating.