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Are Tankless Water Heaters Really Worth the Hype?

Bathtub with Hot Water from Tankless Heater

How do you know when it’s the right time to upgrade to a tankless water heater? One sure sign is if your current tank water heater is leaking. Another is that it’s no longer heating the water as it should. Maybe everything is still working perfectly, but your tank water heater is simply not meeting your capacity needs.

Many people upgrade to a tankless water heater when they get tired of waiting for the water to heat back up. Doing  laundry, running the dishwasher, and trying to bathe all of your kids is easier with endless hot water.

Access to unlimited hot water is a great reason to upgrade your water heater, but there are several other benefits that you may not realize. In this article, we’ll share the top reasons why upgrading to a tankless water heater could be a smart decision for your home.


Tank vs. Tankless: Which Type of Water Heater is Better?

While there may not be a definite winner in the debate of which type of water heater is better, there are certain situations in which one has the upper hand.


Purchase Price

If your current water heater is beyond repair, but your budget for a new heater is limited, a traditional tank-style is probably the right choice. Initially, tankless water heaters are more expensive than conventional tank heaters.


Energy Consumption

Tankless heaters use less energy, so they usually end up costing less over time. Tank heaters consume electricity at all times to keep their large tanks ready for use. Tankless heaters, on the other hand, only consume energy when you use hot water.

A tankless water heater could help keep your energy bill low in a vacation home. You could also save money if you travel often, or just don’t consume a lot of hot water. If you use less than 40 gallons of water per day, installing a tankless heater can be 24%- 34% more energy efficient. Only heating water on demand can lead to significant energy savings.


Meeting Hot Water Demand

Homes that require two tank water heaters to meet a family’s water demand can fulfill the same water capacity with a single tankless heater. If you have a large home or family, you might really appreciate having an endless supply of hot water. Your teens can take long showers, and you can keep up on laundry and dishes with no downtime.

One downside of tankless water heaters is that they can only heat a specific capacity of water at a time. If, for example, two people are showering and you’re running the dishwasher, you may experience a decline in water volume. The water will still be hot, but the volume has to stretch between multiple areas.

Many homeowners choose to install a large tankless heater in a central area of the home and then add a smaller tankless heater in the master bath. While this isn’t necessary to supply an entire house with endless hot water, it does help homeowners maintain their desired volume of water in the master bathroom.


Maintaining Your Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters generally have a long lifespan of 20 years or more (compared to 10 – 15 for tank water heaters). When you sign up for regularly scheduled maintenance appointments with GuinGuard, we’ll flush your tankless heater yearly. Flushing helps prevent scale buildup that can reduce your water heater’s energy efficiency and shorten its life.

Another way to improve your water heater’s energy efficiency and extend its life is to install a water softener. Hard water is full of minerals that build up inside appliances and on surfaces. Especially if you live in an area with very hard water, a water softener may be a smart investment for all of your appliances.

Give us a call to learn more about water softeners and to schedule your installation by a Guin Service technician.


Tankless Water Heater Accessories

Tankless heaters never run out of hot water, but it can take a few minutes to get the hot water from the heater to your shower or faucet. If you want instantaneous, endless hot water, ask a Guin professional about a recirculating pump.

A recirculating loop runs once every 30 – 60 minutes to move hot water through your pipes so that you have hot water immediately. The circulators do draw energy each time they activate, but the overall energy consumption is still much less than a traditional tank water heater.

If you already have a tankless water heater in your home, Guin professionals can retrofit your water system with a recirculating pump. If you’re upgrading from a conventional tank water heater, several tankless heaters already have a built-in circulator.

A second helpful accessory is a water sensor. The most common way to discover a problem with a water heater is to find a leak. A digital water sensor can send an alert to your phone so that you can address the leak before it causes major damage. Some water sensors have a valve that can automatically cut the water supply when they sense a leak to prevent damage

You can use water sensors for any plumbing in your home, not just water heaters. Some homeowner’s insurance policies will even reimburse the cost of installing a water sensor or give credits off insurance premiums.


Are You Ready to Upgrade?

If you’re interested in endless hot water and reducing your monthly energy consumption, contact Guin Service today. We’ll answer any remaining questions that you have and schedule your installation appointment.

Which Water Heater is Right for My Home?

Hot Water from Faucet

Major appliances break, it’s just a reality of homeownership. However, you may replace a functioning water heater if you need more capacity, want something more energy-efficient, or want the water to heat faster.

This month we’ll look at when you should replace your water heater and how to choose the best new appliance for your home and family. We’ll also discuss water heater maintenance that can extend the life and improve the performance of your new heater.


Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

There are two main reasons a homeowner would purchase a new water heater:

  • The current water heater isn’t working as it should.
  • Water consumption has outgrown the water heater’s capacity.

Here are some signs that indicate you’re ready for a new appliance:

1.   Rust

If your water has a rusty dark tint, it’s a sign that there’s either rust inside your water heater or in your pipes. You’ll need a professional to track down the source of the rust, so schedule an appointment with Guin Service. Once our professionals find the source of the rust, we’ll advise you on repairs or replacement.

If there’s rust inside your tank, you’ll need to replace it. Putting it off could lead to major leaks that can cause a lot of water damage. It’s best to schedule a water heater installation appointment as soon as you can to avoid more expensive repairs.

2.   New Noises

New rumbling noises as your heater warms water are common with older appliances. Sediment can build up in aging water heaters, and it can cause unusual noises. Buildup can also reduce your appliance’s efficiency. Regular maintenance can keep sediment under control with your new appliance, so schedule regular GuinGuard appointments.

3.   Leak

A water leak is the most common sign that something isn’t right with your appliance. The cause could be a crack in the tank or an issue with the fittings or connections. If it is indeed a crack in your tank, you’ll want to replace your heater as quickly as possible.

4.   Not Heating Water

If you have no hot water at all, there’s clearly an issue with your appliance. However, aging water heaters may still heat water, just not at the capacity that they used to. If you can’t shower as long as you used to or the hot water runs out before you can finish the dishes, you probably need a new water heater.

5.   Not Enough Capacity

Sometimes water heaters are still working correctly, but they just don’t produce enough water for your needs. Your water demand may increase for a variety of reasons, such as having more people living in your home. In that case, a larger water heater would be much more convenient than always fighting over whose turn it is to shower first.


Types of Water Heaters

There are two basic types of water heaters: tank and tankless.

Tank heaters can be either electric or gas, and there is a wide variety of options to suit various budgets and capacity needs. The downsides of a tank water heater are that they have a limited capacity and consume quite a bit of energy to maintain a warm tank of water 24/7. However, new energy-efficient tank water heaters consume less energy than older models.

Tankless water heaters are much more energy-efficient than tank water heaters because they only consume energy when you use warm water. Many homeowners also prefer them because they provide an unlimited supply of hot water.

Although tankless water heaters cost more money upfront than traditional tank heaters, they have become popular among homeowners. Their energy savings and having unlimited hot water make them attractive. The average lifespan is also a bit longer for tankless heaters, about 20 years compared to 10 – 15 for a traditional tank heater.


What Size Tank Do You Need?

The tank capacity that you should choose for your new water heater depends upon the size of your house and family and how much water you consume.

Three common water heater sizes are:

  • 40 gallon – good for a small house and a family of four that doesn’t consume a large amount of water.
  • 50 gallon – suitable for families of four to six that have higher than average water consumption.
  • 80 gallon – works well for large houses and large families.

Depending upon the size of your home and your water consumption, you may decide to install two water heaters so that you always have hot water. A high-quality tankless water heater can also meet the capacity demand of a home that currently uses two tank heaters.


New Water Heater Maintenance

Regular maintenance checks are a smart way to prevent appliance breakdowns. When you sign up for GuinGuard, our experienced water heater technicians will check for issues that may cause leaks and fix them before they start.

Regular maintenance also keeps your appliances running efficiently, which lowers your energy bill. To help your new water heater last for as long as possible, schedule your regular maintenance with Guin Service today.

If you think it may be time for a new water heater, schedule a consultation today. We’ll help you pick the best appliance for your home and family.