Is it time to replace your water heater? If so, you may want to consider switching to a tankless heater – they offer significant energy savings as well as easy maintenance. However, it’s also important to understand that tankless water heaters don’t work in every home, so if you’re considering a switch, you may want to consult the Seattle Best Plumbing team first. Here are a few factors that may guide your decision:
Pros of a Tankless Water Heater
Regardless of whether you choose a gas-fired or electric tankless water heater, you’ll likely save on energy costs. Tankless heaters are compact, so they’re great for small spaces. Plus, they last longer and typically have longer warranties (often around 15 years, as compared to six for a traditional water heater). And if you’re trying to go green, you should also know that tankless water heaters are better for the environment because you won’t have to dispose of a rusty tank later on.
Cons of a Tankless Water Heater
The biggest deterrent for tankless water heaters is the price. Not only are the heaters themselves considerably more expensive than traditional tank versions, but they may also require additional expense to install. If you choose an electric tankless water heater, you may need to hire an electrician to ensure that your home’s electrical system is updated. If you choose a gas-fired tankless water heater, you’ll need to make sure that it is vented. Either way, you will likely need a professional to help install your new tankless water heater.
Not sure if a tankless water heater is right for your Seattle home? Call Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current water heater situation and determine whether you could benefit from a tankless heater (and if so, which kind!). If you already know that you want to make the switch, we can also help you install a new tankless water heater in your Seattle or Bellevue home.