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Everett, WA Tankless Water Heaters by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric
For many years, the most common form of water heater on the market was the tank water heater. This type of water heater was basically a large tank, which kept anywhere from 30 to over 100 gallons of water heated at all times. As the hot water was consumed by the household, more water would flow into the tank to be heated. While this ensured that a large amount of water would always be available to the home’s occupants, it was a pretty wasteful way to operate. Keeping all of that water heated all the time consumed an enormous amount of energy. This led to the invention of the tankless water heater, in an effort to solve some of the disadvantages of the storage tank system. If you have any questions about tankless water heaters, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today.
G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides tankless water heaters throughout the Everett, WA area.
What are Tankless Water Heaters?
A tankless water heater is exactly that it sounds like, a water heater that doesn’t have a storage tank. Tankless water heaters heat in much the same way that storage water heaters do, by making use of gas flames or electricity. However, a tankless water heater eschews the storage tank in favor of using a heat exchanger, similar to many boiler systems. While there is a delay between calling for hot water and actually receiving it using this system, the heat output is still competitive.
The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
There are a couple of different reasons why you might want to select a tankless water heater over a more traditional system. Tankless water heaters take up less physical space, as they don’t require a massive tank to operate. Tankless heaters also happen to be a bit safer for your home. A storage tank water heater can corrode over time if not maintained properly, increasing the possibility of water damage from the tank rupturing. In the same vein, a tankless water heater has a higher life expectancy, as it doesn’t have to be on 24/7 like storage tanks water heaters do. Finally, a tankless water heater is much more energy efficient than a storage tank water heater. By only activating when hot water is actually needed, a tankless water heater can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year that would otherwise be spent keeping water hot that you don’t need.
Now, tankless water heaters are not perfect. Due to the way that the unit is constructed, it heats much smaller amounts of water at a time than storage tank heaters. While that is part of the reason that the tankless heater can put out a comparable heat output (it takes far less time to heat the water) it also means that the tankless heater can be quickly overwhelmed if it isn’t sized properly for the home it’s serving. For that reason, we highly recommend that you consult with a professional technician before making a decision on which water heater to install in your home.
If you aren’t sure whether a tankless water heater is right for you, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric. We’ll walk through the entire evaluation process with you, making sure that you get the water heater that best fits your needs. We also offer tankless water heater repair and maintenance services.