The tankless water heater is also far smaller than a traditional tank.
About two years ago, I converted from a tank-style water heater to a tankless unit. I spent quite a bit of time researching the pros and cons of tankless water heaters before making the decision. I knew that the unit would be more expensive and the conversion would add an extra cost to the project. I still felt the investment was worth it. Tankless water heaters are far easier to repair and tend to last longer. The majority of conventional tanks last anywhere from eight to ten years. However, the need to replace the unit can arise much earlier due to corrosion of the tank, leaks and faulty heating elements. Tankless alternatives typically last anywhere from fifteen to twenty years. Rather than continually heating the same water stored in the tank over and over and drawing energy, tankless models heat water only as needed. When we turn on a hot water tap, it triggers the water flowing through the tankless unit. This signals the heating elements to turn on, rapidly heating the water. Within seconds, the water pouring from the tap is hot. There is no waiting around for the water to heat up. There are no concerns over running out of hot water. Because the water isn’t stored in a tank, absorbing harmful minerals and contaminants, it is usually much cleaner. The tankless water heater is also far smaller than a traditional tank. It is about the size of a very small suitcase and mounted up on the wall. It frees up valuable space in the basement and eliminates the possibility of a ruptured tank and flooding. I like that our tankless water heater allows for customized temperature settings and includes helpful safety features.