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3 Myths about Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are highly efficient, mostly because conventional tank water heaters are so inefficient. Whereas a tank water heater has to run all day if you expect there to be hot water when you turn on the faucet, a tankless water heater only starts running once you turn on a hot water tap in your home.

Because tankless water heaters save so much money, some people assume they are beneficial in other ways as well. It turns out there are a lot of myths surrounding tankless water heaters, and we want to clear some up here.

MYTH #1: THEY AREN’T TOO DIFFICULT TO INSTALL

A tankless water heater is certainly more compact than a tank water heater, but that doesn’t mean you can simply plug it in and watch it go. You need to hook up the gas components, which always requires the help of an expert. You must connect it securely to the plumbing, or else it will not run the way it is designed.

Often, improper installation causes a tankless water heater to run constantly, which means high energy bills and a worn-down system. Make sure you have a qualified plumber install a tankless water heater.

MYTH #2: HOT WATER GETS TO YOUR FAUCET FASTER

Many people believe that tankless water heaters are supposed to deliver hot water to your faucets faster. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Tankless water heaters need some time to warm up, but you can put tankless units underneath sinks to speed up water heating at that particular faucet.

MYTH #3: ALL TANKLESS WATER HEATERS ARE THE SAME

Like any major home system, you need one that is the right specifications for your home. Some tankless water heaters are more efficient than others, thanks to advancements in technology that allow for less energy to be wasted during the water heating cycle. Certain brands require more maintenance than others. An experienced plumber can offer sound advice so that you know your water heater will operate smoothly.

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