The Big Debate: Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth It?

By now, I am sure you have heard about tankless water heaters. Some of you may have checked them out and thought “Wow, these are pricy, I’ll stick with what I have.” In recent years, the tankless option has been the way to go for many households and we would like to discuss their benefits and why people choose to go with them.

Let’s start by examining a few factors that boil down to need and personal preference. As an average household of 3.14 persons in the United States, a standard 40 gallon hot water tank uses on an average shower 15.8 gallons of water. When you do the math, a standard family uses 49.61 gallons of water if used simultaneously. The standard tank would need to recover 9.61 gallons within 23.4 minutes to satisfy the hot water usage of a standard family. This does not factor in the usage of laundry, hand washing, dish washing, etc. With a tankless unit, this problem is eliminated since it will satisfy all hot water usage once the unit is fired up, there is no recovery time.

The basis of personal preference comes down to the warranty, environmental concerns and overall costs of installation.

On average, a standard hot water tank is provided with a 6 year manufacturers warranty. The tankless units come with a 15 year manufacturers warranty, as long as it is installed buy a licensed professional with the proper filtration.

When we think about environmental concerns, the standard hot water tank burns fuel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week…. all 365 days of the year. The tankless units limit the use of fossil fuels because it only burns as needed. When there is no demand, there is no burning fuel.

Believe it or not, space can be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing a standard hot water tank or a tankless unit. If space isn’t a concern, both options can be ideal. If you have limited space, a tankless unit provides the best option, saving 2/3 the amount of space taken by a standard hot water tank. They are mounted to the wall, which frees up floor space and lowers the risk of damage if your home ever flooded.

In summary, here’s what you need to know:

1. Tankless units cost two-thirds more on the installation, but provide more options, a better warranty, unlimited hot water, and they save space without wasting fossil fuels. In return, the savings on the fuel alone will pay for the installation within 3-4 years.

2. Tankless units require annual maintenance. Combat Plumbing, LLC has a program to teach our customers how to service the unit so that the warranty is preserved.

3. Combat Plumbing, LLC offers free estimates. Sometimes, a tankless unit isn’t the best fit. We will be honest and upfront with you if this is the case. We don’t want to sell you something that will not benefit you.

4. National Fuel Gas is offering huge cash rebates to help you save money on the initial install. We will provide you with all required paperwork to submit for the rebate.