How Does a Tankless Water Heater work?
A tankless water heater is an on-demand water heater. Unlike a standard tanked heater that houses up to 50 gallons of water and maintains that water at a constant temperature throughout the day, a tankless water heater sits idle, not consuming any energy until you turn on a faucet.
The moment a tankless system senses the water flow, it begins to heat the water and continues to heat it as long as you’re requesting hot water.
With a tankless system, once you have hot water at your sink, you can run it endlessly as you need it. A tankless system produces hot water until you turn off the tap.
Debunking the Instant Water Myth
Many in the plumbing industry have coined the phrase “instant water heater” to describe a tankless system. That leaves consumers with the perception that when they turn on their faucets, hot water instantly comes out.
While a tankless system does heat your water instantly, there is still a delay in getting the water from the tankless system to your faucet. That’s simply based off of the distance from your water heater to your faucet. If it takes 20 seconds to get water from your current tanked system, it’ll take 20 seconds to get water from your tankless system.
While there are many benefits to getting a tankless water heater for your Kansas City home, there are some downsides, including:
- Tankless water heaters are more expensive to install.
- Tankless water heaters cannot provide hot water if your power goes out.
- Tankless water heaters can take longer to produce hot water.
Although there are some downsides to tank water heaters, a tankless water heater may still be the best option for your home if you are seeking to reduce your energy use, increase your home’s safety and have an unlimited supply of hot water. To get a tankless water heater installed, call us today!
It costs around $1,000-$3,500 to replace a water heater with a tankless water heater in Kansas City. Some things that can cause the price to vary are:
- The cost to install new connections for the tankless water heater.
- The size of the tankless water heater you need.
- The brand of tankless water heater you want installed.
A tankless water heater will usually last around 20 years in Kansas City. Tankless water heaters have a much longer lifespan than traditional storage tank water heaters because they are not susceptible to corrosion like traditional water heaters. Although tankless water heaters last longer, you should still have your tankless water heater serviced at least once a year to ensure that it is working as it should. To get a tankless water heater installed in your home, give us a call today!