Nothing starts the day off better than a hot shower. But what happens if the water doesn't get hot enough? Or if the hot water runs out before you get a chance to finish? A cold shower might build disciple and make you more alert, but for most people, this just isn't an option. Before a cold shower starts a regrettable family argument, learn how a tankless water heater can provide endless and instant hot water.

Tankless hot water heaters are all the rage. But is it the wave of the future, or just hype? Below are some pros and cons of tankless water heaters you need to know before making a decision.

Pro: Lower Energy Costs

About one third of the average home’s energy costs can be attributed to the hot water heater! A storage tank requires a lot of energy to keep water hot on a regular basis. Tankless water heaters only heat the water as you need it rather than wasting energy keeping water heated in a tank until you're ready to use it.

The tankless water heater involves high-powered burners to ensure that water is heated on-demand. No storage space is needed and hot water is only produced as needed so there are no costs for idling. Statistically, the average energy savings can be about $70-$80 each year, which adds up over time.

Con: Higher Upfront Costs

With the lower monthly cost comes a higher cost for the unit and installation. First off, the average storage water costs somewhere between $300 and $600. However, the average tankless water heating system tends to be about twice that range. While this isn’t too steep, the installation costs can also be higher. When replacing a storage system, some changes may need to be made to get the tankless system installed and ready to go. Some installation costs of the tankless systems have been as high as $1,200. Check with a professional to check the viability and cost of an installation before purchase.

Pro: Longer Life Expectancy

The key to making tankless water heaters work financially is a long lifespan. Traditional storage water heaters have an expected lifespan of about 10-15 years. A quality tankless unit, on the other hand, should last about twice as long, over 20 years. As an added benefit, these systems use modern parts that are easily replaceable. A well-maintained system can add years of life to the heater. The longer the lifespan, the more the initial investment is recouped in savings.

Con: Variable Water Temperature in Heavy Use

Some of the consumer studies of tankless water heaters have shown one drawback. While there is always a supply of hot water, the amount of water flowing through the pipes can sometimes be a bit varied based on use. The water will always be hot but it also may change slightly during a shower. This can be an inconvenience but it also has not been universally reported.

Pro: Saves Space

The big, round, space guzzling hot water heaters of the past are being replaced by the new, sleeker, smaller tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters are about the size of a briefcase and can be wall mounted. Your tankless water heater frees up space in your home that can now be given over to other uses.

Instead of taking up space in your basement or garage, tankless water heaters can be tucked away in a closet, underneath a cabinet, or inconspicuously placed on a wall. You can even choose tankless water heaters that are specific to point of use, such as the kitchen sink.

Con: Can Be Difficult to Find Qualified Tankless Technician

It can be difficult to find a qualified technician with experience in tankless water heater maintenance, repair, and installation. It’s important that you select an expert that knows the specifics about this type of equipment. If you live in Central Pennsylvania, you have access to expert 24/7 plumbers. You'll be provided with the full price of the work before we begin, helping you to make an informed choice.

Pro: Endless and Instant Hot Water

No matter how many guests you have or how much water they use, as long as you have running water to your home, you'll have an endless supply of hot water. The days of waiting for your hot water heater to “heat up” and provide hot water are a thing of the past with a tankless hot water heater system. . Your hot water supply is endless. Think of the possibilities — being able to clean clothes, dishes, and take a shower all at the same time!

Hot water is available immediately and you are not limited to the water in the tank, ensuring that you and your guests don’t have to worry about who is going to access the hot water first.

Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

If your water heater is 12 years or older, it may need to be replaced. Depending on the model and brand the lifespan may vary, so it’s important that you have a plumbing professional inspect everything before you make a decision. Our experts will thoroughly assess your unit and discuss the various options for repair or replacement. In addition to affordable inspections, we also replace water heaters at competitive prices.

When it’s time to replace your water heater, there are now more options to choose from. In addition to storage water heaters, there are tankless or demand-type water heaters, indirect water heaters, heat pump water heaters, and even solar water heaters. Each has its own benefits, so you’ll need to consider which style is right for your home.

Brubaker Inc. offers complete service on standard, tankless, gas, and electric water heaters. Our plumbing experts have experience with all major brands and models. If you are having problems with your tankless, gas, or electric water heater, give us a call today for expert repairs and replacements.

It’s crucial to call a professional when it comes to working on water heaters.

Gas and electric water heaters are complicated devices. Both repair and replacement on them can be dangerous and require the guidance of professionals. Our team of plumbers have the experience and education to service gas units safely and efficiently

Contact Brubaker Inc. for more information on water heater maintenance, repair, or replacement. Tankless water heaters are available in both electric and gas versions.

The best advice that can be offered for those considering a tankless water heating system is to consult a professional to get an informed decision of the impact of installing and using such a system in your home. To learn more about the pros and cons of tankless water heaters, don’t hesitate to call Brubaker Inc. at 717.299.5641.