Alternatives To Repairing Your Old Water Heater

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Nothing lasts forever, and if your old water heater tank is over ten years old, it may be near the end of its lifespan. You can replace individual parts such as heating elements, but it may be better to consider alternatives before the tank eventually rusts out and you're faced with a flood of biblical proportions.

This is particularly important if your tank is placed in a space with no room for a larger tank, because new tanks are required to meet strict energy efficiency standards. Manufacturers must increase the insulation around the tanks, resulting in slightly larger tanks, which may not fit in your existing space. Replacing a tank then requires rerouting the plumbing to a larger space.

You can be proactive and switch to a tankless water heating system and save both money and energy while enjoying an endless supply of hot water.

How does a tankless system work?

Your old hot water tank uses energy to keep stored water heated, and more energy to heat additional water as the stored water is used. This is inefficient and provides an inadequate amount of hot water for a large family during peak periods of use.

A tankless system heats water on demand, with either natural gas or electricity as an energy source. Because it doesn't store hot water, no energy is used to keep water hot until it is used.

Will a tankless water heater fit into the space occupied by your old water heater tank?

A tankless heater is much smaller than a water heater tank, and can be attached to a wall in a small space, so the problems associated with a tank replacement is not an issue. You can even choose to have smaller units installed that are dedicated to specific areas of the home, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

What is the primary drawback of installing a tankless system?

The initial cost of installation may be higher, because the plumbing connections will need to be restructured. However, if you face the prospect of replacing tank with a more efficient but larger tank, the initial costs may be equal, but you don't receive the continuing savings from the energy efficiency of a  tankless system.

Endless hot water

The prospect of never running out of hot water may be the greatest selling point on switching to a tankless hot water heater. This perk is worth the initial installation cost just in family harmony when evening shower time leaves some members out in the cold.

For more information, contact companies like Vets 4 You Plumbing Heating & Air​.