Most of the houses in Albuquerque have traditional tank-style water heaters, the most common type of water heater in the country. However, a new player in the game is changing the way many homeowners think about water heaters. Keep in mind that when we say new, these units have been on the market for many decades and are known to be incredibly reliable. They are simply not as popular as the old standard that we all grew up using.
The Big Claim To Fame
Tankless water heaters became the buzzwords a few years ago when everyone was looking for more energy-efficient appliances and ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The benefit of the tankless water heater that was creating such a stir was the fact that they use only a fraction of the energy consumed by a traditional tank-style
water heater. They achieve this fantastic goal by only heating hot water when there is a need or demand. So there is no energy wasted keeping a massive tank of water hot when no one is using hot water or even in the house. And while this is a huge benefit, the tankless water heater still has much more to offer.
Other Great Benefits
Because these units have no holding tank and only heat water as it flows through the water lines to a faucet, there is less potential for a water leak. Conventional water heater tanks are known for rust and corrosion issues that create a water leak and costly water damage. So going tankless reduces the potential for water damage to your home.
In the case of a tankless water heater, size matters. These units are very tiny compared to the massive size of a conventional water heater. The typical tankless water heater is no larger than a standard carry-on piece of luggage. The small size of these water heaters makes them ideal for installing in a cabinet or under a sink.
The typical conventional water heater has a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years with proper care. However, because the tankless water heater does not face the challenges of a deteriorating holding tank, these units are expected to last for 20 years or more, making them a great choice for added value and longevity.
A Few More Numbers
In the spirit of full disclosure, a tankless water heater is more expensive to purchase than a traditional water heater. And if you are converting to tankless from a conventional unit, some additional plumbing will be required. But to offset those higher purchase and installation costs, you can expect to reduce your monthly water heating cost by as much as 50%. The tankless water heater is topping the chart for high efficiency with a 99% rating from an environmental perspective.
To learn more about tankless water heaters, call (505) 308-2776 to set up an appointment. The pros at All-Out Plumbing & Mechanical will answer your questions and provide you with a complete price quote for a tankless water heater for your home.