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Do Tankless Water Heaters Have Any Drawbacks?

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If you’re asking this question, it means you’re likely looking at water heaters in Surprise, AZ as a replacement for your old one. If this is the first time you’ve considered a tankless water heater, we understand why you have plenty of questions and maybe a touch of skepticism. After all, many installers talk up the huge benefits of going with a tankless water heater—we certainly have

But any reputable plumbing contractor will tell you that a tankless water heater isn’t the right installation for every home and every situation. Sometimes the right storage tank water heater will do a great job for a household. 

Tankless water heaters do have several drawbacks that may affect your decision to purchase one. Some of these won’t apply to your house, or the benefits will far outweigh them. Make sure you work with our professionals to help you with the choice so you have the best water heater for your home. 

The price

This is simple: tankless water heaters are more expensive units than conventional storage tank water heaters. Because of their high energy efficiency and extended service lives, tankless systems can pay back their cost over only a few years. However, the initial price may not match your current budget plans. Talk to our technicians about the long-term savings and your best options.

Efficiency concerns in larger homes

A tankless water heater is best suited for small and medium-sized households. This is because, although they won’t run out of hot water, they can be overwhelmed if multiple hot water taps are on at the same time. If your household has multiple showers running in the morning or you have several hot water-appliances that must run simultaneously, it may cut into a tankless water heater’s efficiency. One solution is to install more than one tankless water heater for a larger house, but this also affects the budget. 

Hard water concerns

If a home has hard water, it may have a negative effect on a tankless water heater. Hard water in general is harmful to any type of water heater, but even a small amount of mineral deposits inside a tankless unit will harm water flow. For homes with hard water that don’t already have a water softener installed, it may be necessary to include a water softener installation along with the new tankless water heater.

Slower hot water delivery

A storage tank water heater has a supply of hot water ready to send to the taps. A tankless water heater must heat up water when the taps come on, so there is usually a longer delay from when the tap turns on until the water reaches it. 

Temperature fluctuations

The water temperature coming from a tankless water heater has more fluctuations than from storage tank water heaters. You might feel an initial rush of hot water, only to have it lose temperature and quickly heat up again. Most people soon become used to this, but it is technically a drawback.

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