Let’s clear up some misconceptions about tankless water heaters – is one right for your Winter Haven home?
If old water heater is giving you some trouble, you may be looking into what you should replace it with in your Winter Haven, Florida home. Naturally if you are interested in energy efficiency, you will at some point come across information about tankless water heaters. When you do, there is a good chance you’ll see some things that don’t quite ring true. When you are considering this upgrade and call us at Stuart’s Plumbing, we will make sure you do not have any misconceptions about what to expect so that if you do decide to proceed, it is with all the right information.
First of all, you may not realize that tankless water heaters come in both electric and gas models. This part of the decision is mostly based on which utility you have available. If you have natural gas, it is likely you’ll opt for the more energy efficient gas model, but if you do not have gas service, you do not have to give up on the idea of tankless water heaters.
Secondly, you’ll also probably hear that swapping out a tank water heater with a tankless one is easy enough to do as a DIY project. We strongly disagree. Quite a few changes are required, including piping, meters, and venting, for tankless water heaters to operate safely. You must have the proper experience, training, and tools to tackle this job.
Lastly, you may have heard not to trust the longevity of tankless water heaters and that they aren’t worth the added cost. The truth of the matter is tankless water heaters can last more than 20 years, which is far longer than most tank water heaters. Since they only run when hot water is demanded, they do less work, so a longer life is possible. Yes, tankless water heaters are more costly to install, but you’ll be rewarded with lower water heating costs and a longer life.
If you have more questions about tankless water heaters, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have served the Winter Haven area since 1990, and we’re happy to help you with the information you need and services you can count on.