Tankless Water Heater Repair & Installation in Columbus
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If you’re tired of running out of hot water while taking a shower or constantly needing to service your water heater, call our Columbus tankless water heater experts at The Rooter Works Plumbing and Drains. We are a BBB-accredited company that values professionalism and proficiency.
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What is a Tankless Water Heater and How is it Different than Traditional Tanks?
Traditional systems both heat and store water in a tank. Unfortunately, hot water in a tank cools down slowly over time if it’s not in use. This creates inefficiencies in the system because the same water has to be reheated multiple times so that it is hot when you are ready to use it.
This problem is completely solved by a tankless system, which heats water only when it is ready to be used.
How is it able to do this?
A tankless water heater system pulls in cold water which passes over the heating coils before the water goes to its final destination. As long as you don’t exceed the rate of flow of the system, you’ll always have hot water. This translates to consistently hot showers and clean dishes out of the dishwasher.
Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
If you’ve had your current traditional water heater for around 10 years, it is probably time to replace and/or upgrade it. Aside from taking up less space because they don’t have tanks and are usually more compact, there are many advantages to tankless water heaters.
These advantages include:
- An endless supply of instant hot water
- Can last up to 25 years, which is longer than a traditional water heating unit
- A 10-20% reduction in energy consumption, which then leads to lower energy bills
- Higher water volume capacity, which enables them to meet the needs of larger households
- Cleaner than traditional units because the instant heating ensures it’s a fresh water supply without any rusting or built-up scale potential
- Easier installations because they don’t require any retrofitting to be done
Traditional water tank storage systems have been the most common solution for water heating for decades, but a tankless system may be more efficient for your household. You could easily save over 20% on your month-to-month water heating bills just by switching, especially if you use less hot water than the average family.
Point-of-Use vs Whole-House Tankless Water Heaters
Point-of-Use Tankless Unit
A point-of-use tankless water heater connects to only one part of your plumbing, usually a single appliance such as a shower or washing machine. This is the smaller and less expensive option. It can be used in conjunction with an existing traditional tank system to lessen the workload on your already installed water heater.
Water heaters can use a variety of different fuels such as electric or gas. However, it is usually recommended to use electric for a point-of-use system because it is much more energy-efficient and therefore more cost-effective.
So, is this right for your family?
If you are running out of hot water due to overuse, or someone in your household enjoys really long showers that leave the rest of the household with nothing but cold water, a point-of-use system will alleviate the stress on your system and allow constant hot water flow in the area of your plumbing where it is installed.
Whole-House Tankless Unit
A whole-house tankless water heater is able to supply hot water to all of the fixtures and appliances in your home. Obviously, this will be much larger and more expensive than the point-of-use system. They are usually less efficient than point-of-use because they have to be able to handle a higher flow rate, which usually means they have to be powered by gas.
Prioritizing Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness
As mentioned above, a tankless system will never waste energy reheating the same water over and over. You will only be heating water when you use it. Depending on your hot water use habits, this may translate to more savings.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that installing a tankless system can save around 30% for households that consume less than 41 gallons of hot water a day. If your family is using more than 80 gallons of hot water a day, your savings may only be about 10% or so.
Overall, your month to month costs will likely decrease if you switch to a tankless system. The cost of installation will eventually pay for itself and tankless has the added benefit of lasting a few years longer than a storage tank system.
If you think a tankless water heater may work for your home, give us at Rooter Works, a call at (614) 412-3324 or fill out one of our online contact forms.
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