Mrs. Fixit: Tankless Water Heater

March 22, 2008 5:10:16 AM PDT
If you've been wondering about tankless hot water heaters, I have some information on how they work and how they can save you water, energy and much needed cash.

In a traditional water heater, water fills the tank. It's heated to a set temperature and sits until you need it. As the water cools, the heater turns on and reheats. The system is running seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year.

In addition, because water tanks can only hold a set amount of water at a time, when demand is high you can and will run out!

The tankless version heats only when you need it.

Cold water runs into the unit, goes through a heating element and off to your faucet. No waiting, no running out.

There are other pros to the system too, traditional water heaters last around ten years, tankless can potentially last a lifetime.

Tankless runs at ninety-nine percent efficiency with traditional only hitting eighty percent and that's brand new.

They take up a lot less space and because they don't hold water they aren't likely to leak.

There are many different versions of the tankless heater and every home will have different needs, I recommend talking to a professional to find out what unit is right for your home and what modifications may need to be made to install one.

Endless hot water, good for you and good for saving water and energy. Win-win-win!! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple.