What They Dont Tell You About Tankless Water Heaters
There are plenty of benefits to tankless water heaters. You get limitless hot water and energy efficiency (lower water bills) all in a small size that takes up less room in your home. However, this article will explore some of the downsides of going tankless.
1. No Standing Pilot
No standing pilot means that if you’re power goes off, so does your hot water. With a traditional tank, the water will remain hot in the event of a power outage for around 6-12 hours. So if you’re considering going tankless, it’s prudent to invest in a generator, too.
2. Energy Efficiency
While tankless water heaters are more energy efficient on the surface, the limitless hot water can keep you in the shower longer than you realize. In order to maximize the benefits of the tankless water heaters efficiency, set a timer for, say, 7 minutes, and conserve your water.
Tankless water heaters generate A LOT of heat. This will put wear and tear on your machine, so you have to flush them on a regular basis. Plan on flushing your heater every 12 months, and maybe even more frequently if you have a hard water supply.
Tankless heaters certainly provide a lot of benefits, but if you misuse them or don’t prepare for power outages, you can see a lot of the benefits go down the drain. For more information contact your local tankless water heater services and schedule a consultation.