Mighty FINE TANKLESS Water Heater Installs & Repairs In Greater Denver
Many homeowners in the Denver, Colorado, area have questions about tankless water heaters and they wonder if they are the best option for their property. Below, Mighty Plumbing & Heating has answered some of the most common questions regarding tankless water heaters. To schedule a consultation, call our office or reach out to our team online using this website.
What is a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters are becoming more common, especially in new homes. But how are they different from traditional water heaters?
A traditional tank water heater holds a large volume of water in a tank. It is insulated, and when you turn on the hot water tap, hot water exits the tank. Alternatively, a tankless water heater produces hot water on demand without the need for a bulky tank.
Tankless water heaters can be either gas or electric. They are also referred to as on-demand or instant water heaters.
How does a tankless water heater work?
Tankless water heaters produce hot water immediately. The cold water enters the unit and exits as hot whenever you need it.
Tankless water heaters are also easy to use. Most have digital displays on the front panel, allowing for temperature control and exactly how much energy you want to use to heat your water. Essentially, with a tankless water heater, you can personalize your hot water temperature and pressure.
Do tankless water heaters require maintenance?
Because tankless water heaters are advanced equipment, we recommend scheduling a water heater inspection once a year.
Like all water heaters, tankless heaters can experience mineral buildup, especially if you have hard water. Over time, that buildup can impact your water heater’s performance.
During maintenance, our technicians will monitor your water and change the filter. We will also check to make sure that your tankless water heater is running optimally.
Are tankless water heaters better than traditional water heaters?
One isn’t better than the other, but tankless water heaters offer several advantages. Here are some of them:
Tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional water heaters, but they last longer. They are also more efficient, so you’ll see a decrease in your energy bills. That is because they only use energy when you need hot water. Furthermore, heat doesn’t escape because the unit doesn’t have to keep 40+ gallons of water heated at all times like traditional tank water heaters. The United States Department of energy states that tankless water heaters are up to 50% more efficient than tank style heaters.
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than traditional water heaters. Since there is no tank, the unit can be mounted to the wall or hidden in a corner. That offers the homeowner more space. That is especially helpful in small homes, condos, or apartments where space is a premium. To help you visualize, the average traditional hot water tank is over five feet tall and almost two feet in diameter. But a tankless water heater is only a few feet tall and about as wide as a briefcase.
Hot water on demand
Traditional water heaters can only produce hot water until the tank is empty. At that point, it needs to refill and reheat the water — a process that can take over an hour. With a tankless water heater, you never run out of hot water, no matter how much you use it. That means if you have a large family that all showers back-to-back, the last person won't be shivering as they wash. The same thing goes for people who save all of their laundry to do on the same day. The last load will be just as hot as the first!
Less risk of water damage
Tankless water heaters have less risk of leaks. Alternatively, as traditional water heaters age, the tank can crack, or burst. That occurs because hard water or mineral buildup can corrode the tank. When that occurs, your property can experience significant water damage. Because tankless water heaters don’t have a tank, there is no risk of it leaking, breaking, or bursting.
The worst case scenario for a traditional tank water heater is that it explodes. Although an explosion happening with today’s tank water heaters is very rare due to pressure relief valves, it happens on occasion. But with a tankless water heater, there is zero risk of an explosion.
Tankless water heaters are superior in most aspects. But one area where traditional water heaters perform better is when hot water is needed in multiple places simultaneously. For example, when the washer is running and someone is drawing a hot bath. If you often use multiple appliances at once while someone is showering, you can install two tankless water heaters to handle the increased load.
Are you considering a tankless water heater? Schedule your no-obligation consultation today. Mighty Plumbing & Heating is the Denver, Colorado, leader in installing and maintaining tankless water heaters. Call our office today to learn more, or reach out to our team of experts online.
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