5 Reasons Why to Invest in a New Tankless Water Heater

5 Reasons for a Tankless Hot Water HeaterVirtually everyone who has ever owned a home, at one point or another, has run into an issue with hot water production. Whether it is when you’ve tried to take a shower while the washer was running, or when you’ve hopped in the shower to get awake and warmed up, but too soon after your spouse just spent 20 minutes soaking up all the warmth from your hot water tank. The results are always the same, lukewarm or even cold water when you had expected and desired nice hot water to be readily available.

Not only is instant, on-demand hot water a reality with a new tankless water heater, but you will also save money on your energy usage. At Pride Plumbing, the tankless water heaters we suggest and install are all ENERGY STAR® compliant, reducing your energy bills significantly. In addition, there is a rebate program currently available through RG&E (as of 2015), which can reduce your total cost when buying an approved tankless water heater. The benefits and incentives to switch to a tankless water heater today are better than ever before.

According to the EPA, on the Energy Star website:

If you want to replace your current gas water heater don’t wait until it fails, as this will leave little time to choose and install a certified ENERGY STAR tankless model. Because installation may require the upgrade of your existing natural gas line, as well as special venting for safety and to accommodate higher air flow rates, and running electricity over to the water heater to power the fan and freeze protection element, you will need to allow sufficient time to evaluate costs and complete the change out. To make your life easier, try to have a new one installed before it’s an emergency.
(Click here to visit the Energy Star webpage quoted)

5 Reason to Have a Tankless Hot Water Heater Installed Today:

1) Energy Efficient Hot Water Heaters!

Tankless Water Heaters are extremely energy efficient when compared to the old-style tank-based water heater units. On average, heating water accounts for 14% to 25% of a home’s total energy use. According to the EPA, if all residential tankless gas water heaters sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to $215 million each year, and nearly 1.8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from 160,000 vehicles. (Click here to visit the Energy Star webpage quoted)

By their very nature hot water tanks waste energy, as they heat water and then store the heated water in a storage compartment (the tank). The laws of physics will force this heated water to seek equilibrium with the surrounding room temperature, thus causing the heated water to cool before being used. This in turn causes the tank-based gas or electric water heater to periodically reheat the water in its tank to keep it at the set temperature regardless of hot water usage.

Tankless Water Heaters create hot water faster and more efficiently, so that less water is wasted and more money is saved via improved energy efficiency as well as water conservation.

2) Endless Flow of Hot Water from your Hot Water Heater!

Navien Tankless Water Heater promoted and installed by Pride Plumbing of RochesterBy heating water only when it’s needed, ENERGY STAR certified tankless gas hot water heaters reduce your water heating expenses, while also providing continuous hot water for your family. There’s no need to suffer through a cold shower if you’re the last one out of bed.

According to HotWaterFacts.com, the capacity of a tankless water heater will influence its performance. For instance, if a tankless heater has an 8 gpm capacity, it can heat 8 gallons per minute to a temperature rise of 45°F. If the heater set point is 120° and the cold water input is 75°, then 8 gpm of 120° water can be produced. However, if the inlet cold water is only 35° then the heater is able to heat 8 gpm to only 80°. In this case, in order to maintain 120° hot water, the heater will reduce the flow from 8 gpm to 4.24 gpm. The amount of instant and endless hot water is influenced by the size of the unit that is installed.

It is important to understand the Energy Factor (EF) when evaluating tankless water heaters. Efficiency is the amount of energy output as compared to energy input. The better the efficiency, the better the performance. For example, if 100% of the heat from a water heater transferred directly into the water, then the unit would be 100% efficient. For an 80% efficiency rating, 80% of the heat from the tankless water heater goes directly into the water, and 20% escapes and is released into the outside air through the vent.

Most tankless water heaters provide an Energy Factor of 0.80 (80%) or higher, with Energy Star certified models now above 0.90 EF. At Pride Plumbing the AO Smith, Navien, and Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters we suggest are all between 96% and 99% efficient (EF of 0.90 to 0.9). Rinnai, Navien, & AO Smith Water Heaters have been the long-standing standard for most quality plumbers.

3) Save on Your Energy Bills!

According to the EPA, ENERGY STAR certified tankless water heaters can save a family of 4 more than $95 per year, or $1,800 over the lifetime of the water heater, on gas bills compared to a standard storage model. This is just on the baseline Energy Star certified models, while even more money can be saved by choosing an even higher-end tankless water heater.

For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, on demand hot water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water – around 86 gallons per day. You can achieve even greater energy savings of 27%–50% if you install an on-demand water heater at each hot water outlet, though for residential purposes this is not always practical.

Energy Star Certified Tankless Water Heater installed by Pride Plumbing of Rochester

4) On Demand Hot Water Heaters are Built to Last for 20 Years!

According to the US Department of Energy, the initial cost of purchasing and installing a tankless water heater is usually greater than that of a conventional storage (tank-based) water heater. However, gas or electric tankless water heaters last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which typically offset their higher price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of over 20 years. Tankless water heaters also have easily replaceable parts that can extend their life by many more years. By contrast, older traditional tank-based storage water heaters usually only last 10 to 15 years.

5) Tankless Water Heaters Require Much Less Maintenance!

AO Smith Tankless Water Heater installed by Pride Plumbing of RochesterAs we all know, maintenance is crucial for the longevity of any durable good. Just as you change the oil in your vehicle every 3 months, so you should also provide maintenance for your hot water heater (no matter the type you currently use). However, the old tank-based storage water heaters require a lot more maintenance than do the new tankless water heaters.

For instance, per the manufacturer’s guidebook, with a tank-based storage water heater you should flush a quart of water from your tank every 3 months to check the temperature and make adjustments or provide the necessary maintenance as dictated by this test. Additionally, for the old tank-based water heaters, you are required to check the pressure valve (T&P valve) every 6 months and again make adjustments or provide the necessary maintenance as per the results of this test. Finally, with an old tank-based water heater you often need to replace the anode (heating) rods at least once before its 10-year life expectancy has ended.

Yet, with a new tankless water heater, required maintenance is only needed every 18 to 24 months and involves checking the pressure and flushing the system with a special cleaner to remove the mineral deposits that have accumulated. There are no anode rods in a tankless water heater. Much less maintenance is required with a tankless water heater, and yet you receive higher performance and lower energy bills.

Save Money on a New Tankless Water Heater

As stated at the top of this article, there is currently an additional incentive to go “tankless” (for those in Monroe County NY) in the form of a Rebate Program from RG&E (the regional energy company in Rochester NY and the surrounding region). To receive $200 from RG&E you must apply to the rebate program. The required qualifying criteria is: an approved Energy-Star certified tankless water heater with an EF of 0.82 or greater (which is what we install and recommend) and this rebate must be claimed within 60 days of purchasing the tankless water heater. Click here to be directed to the online rebate application. In addition to the RG&E rebate program, as an extra incentive to go tankless, please click here to save $200 with a Pride Plumbing coupon. That is a total of $400 in savings for upgrading to a tankless water heater!

Reference Materials for Further Reading

Learn More about AO SMITH Tankless Water Heaters (website)
AO SMITH Tankless Water Heater Brochure (pdf)

Learn More about NAVIEN Tankless Water Heaters
NAVIEN Tankless Water Heater Brochure (pdf)

Learn More about RINNAI Tankless Water Heaters