Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Tankless Water Heater
July 20, 2021
Tankless gas water heaters can have several advantages over traditional tank-style gas water heaters. With tankless, you’ll enjoy continuous hot water and space savings. There is even the potential for energy savings and lower utility bills. Some tankless models qualify for local rebates. Before deciding if a tankless water heater makes sense for you, there are a few things to consider. Below we’ll review what you need to know before buying a tankless gas water heater—and before the installer arrives—so you won’t be left with any surprises.
Tankless Water Heater Costs
Tankless water heaters may or may not cost more money than a tank-style water heater. It all depends on what model you select as price ranges can vary for condensing and non-condensing models. Condensing units will most likely be more expensive than non-condensing units up-front, but they offer more flexibility with install. Tankless installation will most certainly cost more than a tank, though.
Tankless Installation Is More Complicated
When replacing a tank water heater with a similar tank, it’s an easy replacement. Tankless installation is a lot more complicated:
- Since the water connections are in a different location, your water pipes will likely need to be modified.
- Tank-type vents aren’t compatible with tankless vents and would, therefore, need to be replaced.
- Your existing gas line may need to be upgraded in size to accommodate a tankless unit.
- And lastly, you’ll need a power source with a tankless. If there’s not an outlet nearby, you’ll need to have one installed.
Find a Plumber You Can Trust
Installing a tankless unit can be complicated and might not always be a simple, do-it-yourself project. Protect your water heating investment and hire a professional. You can count on our team of independent plumbers for your tankless water heating installation needs.
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