Tankless Water Heaters 101: Everything You Need to Know

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Imagine this. You’re taking a blissful hot shower before the work day, only to get rudely interrupted by a stream of cold water. You try to turn the knob to access more hot water but to no avail. You’re frustrated and now in a terrible mood, not to mention freezing. 

What if we told you it doesn’t have to be this way? With tankless water heaters, you can have access to on-demand hot water that doesn’t make your energy bills skyrocket. Learn more about tankless water heaters, including the benefits, how they work, and more, in this blog from the experts at All Star Plumbing

Tankless Water Heaters 101

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

As you may have guessed, tankless water heaters require no tank to store hot water like their traditional counterpart. Most of the magic of tankless water heaters is because of their heat exchanger, which heats the water (fueled by natural gas or electrical components) before it makes its way to your showers or sinks. And while this process may seem systematic, it’s almost instantaneous, so you can enjoy on-demand water—day or night. 

What Are the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?

Now, let’s talk about what you really want to know—the benefits! 

These exceptional water heaters deliver many benefits, including:

  • Energy-efficient: Tankless water heaters can improve your home’s efficiency by upwards of 14%, which may not sound like much, but you’ll notice a decrease in water usage on your next energy bill. 
  • Saves space: Most tankless water heaters can be mounted on your wall, saving space and boosting your home’s overall aesthetic.
  • On-demand hot water: Compared to a traditional water heater, tankless heaters heat water as needed, so you don’t have to wait for the tank to refill with hot water. 
  • Minimal maintenance: Tankless heaters don’t require much maintenance. In fact, we recommend annual maintenance for your tankless water heater. 

How Long Do Tankless Water Heaters Last?

Typically, tankless water heaters can last upwards of 20 years. If not properly maintained, however, the lifespan could be less, so regular maintenance is crucial. Additionally, if you notice your heater is running less efficiently than usual, we recommend calling the professionals since it could be a sign your heater is starting to fail. For example, a lack of hot water, long wait times for hot water, and low water pressure are all telltale signs your heater may need a tune-up. 

Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth It?

Absolutely! While the upfront installation cost may be pricier than your last traditional unit, you can enjoy cost savings that counteract this upfront expense—and more. 

Before buying a tankless water heater, consider the size of your home and fuel type. Do you have a large house with lots of kiddos? Are you in a smaller townhouse? Do you have space for venting and want a gas heater? Or maybe you want an electric system that you can place anywhere? 

Your Tankless Water Heater Experts: All Star Plumbing

These are all things to consider before purchasing, but if it feels overwhelming, don’t fret! The All Star Plumbing team can help you answer these questions and more so you can find the ideal water heater for you and your family. Not to mention, we only offer the industry’s finest (and most efficient) brand—Navien tankless water heaters. We supply these water heaters because we truly stand by their superior quality, durability, and performance! 

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Proudly serving Clifton Park, Ballston Lake, Schenectady, and the surrounding areas, All Star Plumbing can help you with all your plumbing needs, including water heaters, toilets, drain cleaning, and more. With years of experience, we can choose, install, and maintain your next tankless water heater with 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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