Discover the Benefits of Going Tankless
Tankless water heaters are pretty commonplace now and many of the brands are extremely reliable, so much so that Big Blue Plumbing offers a full 15-year warranty on some of our models. Our Oakland water heater specialists can help you decide if this option is the best option for your home and your needs.
Tankless water heaters have several advantages over traditional storage tanks:
- Energy efficiency
- Running cost
- Endless hot water
- Reduced carbon emissions
Some models are completely weatherproof and can be mounted directly on the exterior of the home, which can free up space in an interior closet, kitchen, or laundry room. Because they do not store hot water and heat water only as you use it, the hot water supply will never run out. You could literally get in the shower on Tuesday and not get out until Friday and you would still have hot water. The flip side to this, when you are not running hot water, you are not spending anything on keeping a 50-gallon tank hot, so this is where some of the savings come in.
To learn more about these units or to request a service, give our Oakland tankless water heater plumbers a call today at (510) 939-7870.
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There are some things to understand about tankless hot water heaters:
- The number one issue is that it can take longer for you to get hot water than you are used to and this can cause concerns about wasting water, particularly in a drought.
- The unit must be sized and located properly in order to give you the hot water you are expecting.
- It is important to avoid long pipe runs with tankless heaters to avoid having to wait a long time for your water to get hot. To avoid maintenance issues and to ensure you get the maximum life expectancy from your tankless water heater, the correct gas pipe sizing is crucial.
- The oddly named “Cold Water Sandwich” occurs when water in the pipe is already hot and you turn on the faucet or shower and hot water comes out, but you are starting the firing process at the heater anew, which causes a few seconds of cold water to come through the pipe before the new hot water is delivered.
These “quirks” with a tankless water heater are easily overcome and I do not know of anyone who would switch from a tankless to a traditional tank.
The initial investment when installing a tankless water heater is increased over the cost of a traditional unit, but as the life span is longer, the running costs are lower, and the warranty is so much better, if you plan on living in your home for more than 8 years, it typically is a better investment.
Give us a call today at (510) 939-7870 to schedule your plumbing service!
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