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Are Tankless Water Heaters Really Worth the Hype?

large modern bathtub full of water from a tankless water 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.

 

Discover how Guin Service can help improve the efficiency of your water heater!

Contact Guin Service, LLC, serving Birmingham, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL, for AC Repair or Replacement as well home generator installation. We’ve been in business for 60 years because we do what’s right for our customers. You can always trust us to be honest and have your best interest in mind. Just give us a call today at 205.407.1737.

Is It Time to Replace My Water Heater?

Close up of colorful water droplet falling into a pool of water

Whether you have a house full of company or it’s just your average Thursday, there’s never a convenient time for your water heater to malfunction. The professionals at Guin will help you find the best solution, whether you need a simple repair or a replacement.

 

Water Heater Repair vs. Replacement

Not all water heater issues signal the need for a repair, and not all replacements are the result of a malfunction. Telltale signs that something isn’t right with your water heater include:

  • The total absence of hot water.
  • If the water gets hot, but it doesn’t last as long as it used to. 
  • Water pooling on the floor around your water heater or water droplets on the ceiling underneath your unit.

Schedule an appointment for same-day service with a Guin professional to determine if we can repair your water heater or if it’s time to replace it.

 

Replacement Options

If the bottom of your heater is leaking because of extensive rust, you have no choice but to replace it. You may also choose to replace a heater in good condition if it isn’t meeting your capacity needs.

Water heaters come in two main varieties: traditional tank heaters and tankless heaters.

If you choose a traditional tank heater, you’ll likely choose from the following three sizes: 

  • 40 gallon – A good option for families of four people or less in a two or three-bedroom home.
  • 50 gallon – Families of four or more people who have a higher water demand may like a larger capacity tank.
  • 80 gallon – If you live in a spacious home and have a large family, you may need a sizeable tank to accommodate showers, laundry, and dishes.

Homeowners who want an endless supply of hot water may prefer a tankless water heater. A traditional tank heater works to maintain a constant supply of warm water in its tank. However, tankless heaters warm the water on demand.

 

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

One of the most significant benefits of a tankless water heater is that they use less electricity than tank heaters. Instead of keeping a large tank of water warm at all times, a tankless heater only uses energy when you turn on the faucet. People who own vacation homes or travel often will see a sizeable drop in their energy bill when they switch to a tankless heater.

Another benefit of tankless heaters is that they provide an unlimited supply of hot water. Tank heaters can only provide a limited amount of water before they need to pause and warm a fresh tank. Tankless heaters warm water on demand, so you can take several showers back to back or do laundry all day long and never run out of hot water. 

 

Water Heater Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your water heater can help extend its life and save you money over time. If you have a tankless heater, schedule a full flush to clean it yearly. If you have a traditional tank heater, have a technician check the water pressure on it each year. When you sign up for GuinGuard, these services are part of your house-wide inspection and maintenance bundle.

The average, well-maintained tank water heater should last 10 – 15 years and a tankless heater should last around 20 years. However, scale buildup from the minerals in hard and unfiltered water can shorten your water heater’s life. Installing a water softener and a whole-home water filter can help your appliances run more efficiently for longer by decreasing mineral buildup. You’ll also experience several health benefits!

 

Timeline for Repairs and Replacements

We know how much you value your warm water, so we pride ourselves in providing same-day repairs and replacement. If it’s not possible to replace your water heater at your first service appointment, we’ll replace it the following day. 

 

Extra Accessories

Discovering a water leak in your home is nerve-racking. You’re rightfully concerned about how long you’ve overlooked the leak and how much damage the water has done. One way to catch leaks before they become a major issue is with a water sensor. 

With a smart sensor, all you need to do is place it where water may leak. If the sensor detects moisture, it’ll send an alert to your smartphone. Another option is a sensor that you can integrate into your incoming water source. If the sensor detects moisture, it has a valve that automatically cuts off the water supply. 

Both sensors can protect you from catastrophic events with any of your water-using appliances. Some homeowners’ insurance policies even cover the cost of the sensors or offer a discount on your monthly premium. 

An excellent accessory for a tankless water heater is a circulating pump. If your heater is across the house from the master bathroom, it may take a minute for the warm water to get to your faucet. A circulator will cycle warm water through the house one to two times per hour, significantly cutting down the length of time it takes to get hot water to your faucet.

If you have questions about tankless water heaters, accessories, or regular maintenance, give our friendly office staff a call!

 

Discover how our team at Guin Service in Birmingham, AL, can help improve the safety in your home!

Contact Guin Service, LLC, serving Birmingham, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL, for AC Repair or Replacement as well home generator installation. We’ve been in business for 60 years because we do what’s right for our customers. You can always trust us to be honest and have your best interest in mind. Just give us a call today at 205.407.1737.