Tankless water heater, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. They don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money and space, but is it right for you?
Types: Gas vs Electric:
Gas-powered tankless water heaters use propane or natural gas and heat water with a burner. This means that tankless gas water heaters need a gas line to the water heater, and the unit will need to be vented to the outside. If a tankless gas heater is replacing an old gas tank-type water heater, typically it requires a larger gas line and venting may also need to be upgraded. Once installed, the right size unit can provide endless hot water for up to two major applications at a time. This unit is a great replacement for a tank water heater, however they can be costly check with FortisBC to see if you’re eligible for any rebates on a new gas tankless water heater!
Tankless electric water heaters heat the water with an electrical element and are also a great replacement for a tank model. A tankless electric water heater needs to be hardwired to the circuit breaker/electrical panel. The size of the existing electrical service to the home needs to be considered as larger units may require an upgrade. Tankless electric water heaters do not need to be vented. Although tankless electric water heaters may output fewer Gallons per Minute than a tankless gas unit, the larger electric units can provide endless hot water for up to two major applications, which is sufficient capacity for most homes. They are less expensive to purchase than gas tankless, and their smaller size and lack of venting may allow them to be installed where gas tankless units cannot go.
What does this all mean for your home? First, you will only use energy to heat the water when there’s a need for hot water, instead of expending energy to keep the water hot even when there is no demand for it. This makes a tankless water heater extremely energy efficient, and it will help you lower your utility bills. A tankless system can pay back its maintenance costs in only a few years. Second, a tankless system can’t run out of hot water, because it’s always ready to heat up more immediately when there is a call for it. A large family won’t have to worry about the hot water running out in the morning—or any other time.
No matter if you are considering having your first tankless water heater installed for your home, or you need repairs for one that has already served you for a number of years, the professionals for the job are at Mr. Swirl The Friendly Plumber. Call us today to schedule an appointment to get your new hot water heater installed!