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Make the Switch from Tank to Tankless for Your Water Heater

tankless-water-heaterYou’ve got an ancient water heater in your home. It’s more than 15 or 20 years old, it’s unreliable, the water often doesn’t get hot enough or the hot water runs out too early. And it’s costing a fortune to run. Plus, you’ve noticed spots of rust on it. And maybe a leak…

Yes, it’s time to get a new water heater.

Before you start to consider the standard storage tank models you could have installed, we’d like you to know about the multiple benefits of tankless water heaters. You’ve probably heard about them, but do you know the advantage they can bring to a household? Going tankless might be your best way to start the New Year.

Never run out of hot water

A tankless water heater only heats up water as it is needed. When a tap turns on in the house demanding water, and the water starts to move through the unit, the water motion activates the burners and the heat exchanger. (There are also electric-powered models.) The water is heated as it moves toward the tap. This means there’s no supply of water that can be depleted, leaving you waiting for a new tank of water to heat up—you can’t run out of hot water, as long as the water heater was professionally sized and installed.

Save on energy

Tankless water heaters cost more to purchase than standard storage tank models. However, they can quickly return their cost in the money they save compared to standard water heaters. Because a tankless water heater only turns on to heat the water when there’s a demand for it, it uses less energy than a tank model. A tank water heater must continually turn on to replace the heat lost from the tank, so it will run even when there’s no demand. You can expect a tankless model to pay back its installation cost in around five years.

Longer equipment life

Once a tankless water heater has paid for itself, it has many years of energy-saving performance left. Because it doesn’t have to manage storing large amounts of water and near continuous energy use, a tankless water heater has a longer service life than other types of water heaters. This is just another way you can enjoy long-term savings.

Fewer repairs

For the same reasons a tankless water heater enjoys a longer service life, it also suffers from far fewer repair issues than a tank water heater. Add that to the growing pile of savings!

Small size

No tank means less space! Tankless water heaters are often small enough they can be mounted on the wall. You’ll free up space in the garage or basement with a tankless water heater.

You probably still have plenty of questions, and that’s great—you should never rush into a big decision about an appliance that’s this important to your household. To find out more about water heaters for Bellevue, WA homes, get in touch with us. We install both storage tank and tankless water heaters, and our experts can help you make the best decision to meet your household needs.

S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling serves the Bellevue, WA area. Quality Service for Quality Living!

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