Have you considered upgrading your traditional water heater to a tankless system, only to be scared away by the words of well-meaning friends or questionable internet sources? Fear not! We’re here to lay those persistent and pesky myths to rest while shedding some light on the benefits of this modern marvel. After all, there’s a reason why many Lindstrom Air clients have made the switch to tankless water heaters.
Myth #1: Tankless water heaters are too expensive.
While it is true that tankless water heaters can be more expensive upfront than their traditional tank counterparts, they can also save you money in the long run. Tankless water heaters are up to 34% more energy-efficient than traditional tank water heaters, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Those savings quickly add up! And with a longer lifespan (20-25 years vs. 10-15 years for traditional models), you’ll save money on replacement costs, too.
Myth #2: Tankless water heaters don’t provide enough hot water.
Tankless water heaters heat water on demand. That means they can provide a virtually endless supply of hot water! In fact, some models can output over 5 gallons of hot water per minute, which is more than enough for the average family’s needs. No more running out of hot water in the shower.
Myth 3: They’re inefficient and wastewater
Most high-quality tankless water heaters boast an energy efficiency rating of 95% or higher. They only heat the water you actually use, as opposed to traditional tanks that maintain a constant temperature for a large volume of water. Plus, you can gain additional savings by installing a tankless heater close to main water sources, reducing the time it takes for the hot water to reach your faucet, and reducing even more “waste”.
Myth 4: Maintenance is a nightmare
While tankless water heaters do require occasional maintenance to ensure optimal performance, it’s usually no more complicated than servicing a traditional water heater. With proper care (as in, calling a Lindstrom expert for maintenance and repairs), your tankless system should remain in tip-top shape for decades. In fact, many tankless heaters come with lengthy warranties to give homeowners peace of mind.
Myth 5: Tankless water heaters require special venting and gas lines.
This gem of a myth probably stems from the early days of tankless water heaters when venting requirements were different. Nowadays, most tankless models can be vented using PVC pipes and connect to your existing gas lines—no extra hassle necessary.
As the old saying goes, you can’t believe everything you hear. By debunking these myths, we hope to put your mind at ease if you’re considering making the switch. Tankless water heaters can provide excellent energy efficiency, endless hot water, an eco-friendly footprint, and even some extra storage space. So, don’t let these tall tales deter you from enjoying the benefits of a tankless system, and remember – Lindstrom Air Conditioning & Plumbing clients are always happy to provide insight and tips. Just give us a call at (800) 813-1824 to schedule your service today!