Tankless water heaters are distinct from traditional water heaters in that, as their name implies, they don’t use a tank. Traditional water heaters have a storage tank filled with water that is heated with the use of a gas burner which heats the water in the tank. Instead of a gas burner, the tankless water heater uses what are called “heating elements” which are heated using electricity any time you turn on the faucet for hot water.
If you’re not sure if you have a tankless water heater or not, and you don’t want to call a plumber near Lakeview, Chicago just yet, take a look in your garage and/or closets to see if there’s a large tank. Most tank water heaters store between 30 to 60 gallons, so if you don’t see anything, it’s a safe bet to say you have a tankless water heater.
Service for Your Tankless Water Heater
One of the key benefits of a tankless water heater is its lower cost of operation. However, if you don’t take care of your tankless water heater, that cost of operation won’t be so efficient after all. So make sure you’re working with a plumber near Lakeview, Chicago and the surrounding areas who truly understands the intricacies of a tankless water heater and can come out to check on it as needed.
Fortunately, tankless water heaters are well-known for being low maintenance so all you’ll really need to make sure your tankless water heater is in good condition is a periodic inspection from the trained technicians at Rescue Plumbing.
The Tankless Difference
Because tankless water heaters heat water on demand rather than storing it for when it’s needed, you never run out of hot water with a tankless water heater. Plus, because tankless water heaters can operate on-demand, they require less energy to operate and are thus more efficient. As a result of this efficiency, homeowners with tankless water heaters typically have lower energy bills, assuming all else is equal.
All that said, any plumber near Lakeview, Chicago should be able to tell you that it is true that a tankless water heater will cost more than a traditional tank water heater to purchase and set up. However, once you’re up and running, your costs to run the unit and maintain it will be far lower than they would be with a traditional tank water heater.