When my water heater was nearing the end of it’s expected lifespan, I started thinking about converting to a tankless model.
Although we’d never had any complaints with tankless units in the past, I was interested in the benefits of a tankless alternative.
A fifty-gallon water heater measures around six feet tall and twenty-two inches in diameter. A tankless model with a similar output is about twenty inches high, just fourteen inches wide and less than ten inches deep. Our tankless unit is mounted on the wall, freeing up significant space in the basement. The tankless unit was quite a bit more expensive than a conventional tank-style water heater, and I needed to pay for installation from a professional plumber. However, I am saving money every month on water heating bills. The new water heater is far more energy efficient. There are no standby energy losses from continually reheating water in the tank over and over. The absence of a tank eliminates concerns over leaking or rupturing and potentially flooding the basement. We simply turn on a tap and have instant hot water. The water passes over a heat exchanger that warms is up as needed. There is no waiting for the water to heat up. It’s always the perfect temperature and we never run out of hot water. Because the water isn’t sitting in the tank, absorbing minerals and other contaminants, we can count on it being clean. Tankless water heaters allow for replacement parts and greater possibility of repairs. This contributes to a much longer service life. I am very happy that I made the switch.