The Weaknesses of Conventional Water Heaters

In this day and age, every appliance we own seems to be constantly updating.  You can’t have a cell phone for more than a month, it seems, before the newer, shinier, “better” model comes in and tells you that you need to get a new one!  So, when you think about it, it’s pretty crazy that a piece of equipment as important as your home’s water heater  probably uses a technology that is over 100 years old.  Even with all of the upgrades and modernization going on, many Americans have neglected to invest in a newer model of water heater — and they might be losing a great deal of money as a result.

See, unlike the relatively small tweaks between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, the difference between conventional water heating and the upgraded model, tankless water heating, is very, very ,major.  Conventional water heating operates by storing water in a 40 to 80 gallon tank, heating this water to a pre-set temperature 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Tankless water heating does not store water: instead, it heats the water on-demand in a series of coils.  Which one is better?  It may depend on your household and its occupants.  A 3 Mountains Plumbing Expert will be able to tell you if a tankless upgrade is right for your specific scenario in a consultation.

However, we are able to tell you the general weaknesses of conventional water heating, which the more modern tankless model has dramatically improved upon.  If you have a storage tank type water heater in your basement, you may have noticed the following issues:

  • Limited Hot Water– After the water in your storage tank gets used up, that’s it.  Which is why sometimes you’ll be in the shower and the water will become cold: that’s because the hot water has, quite literally, run out.
  • Higher Energy Bills– Because your tankless heats your water 24/7, even when you aren’t using it, your utility bill winds up being significantly higher.  Worse still, only about 60% of the energy in a standard tank-type goes into actually heating your water.  They are not energy efficient machines, and the federal government is already passing legislature against them for the sake of the apartment.
  • Waste of Space– Your storage tank water heater is probably in your basement or utility room, taking up space.  What could you do with that extra square footage?
  • Shorter Warranty– Tank-type water heaters really are only built to last about 6 to 10 years.  The warranty options are generally targeted to that range, with 6 years being the standard warranty on the storage tank.  Without maintenance, they generally last more like 4 to 7.

With tankless water heater, you get a perpetual stream of hot water, energy savings, a smaller unit, and a lifetime of up to 20 years.  Look into it today by calling 3 Mountains Plumbing, and you could be saving and living in a healthier, happier home.

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