Tankless hot water systems only came on the market within the last decade or so. Over the years, the already great invention has been improved multiple times. Tankless hot water systems are a great way to cut down cost and increase efficiency. There are two main concerns home and business owners run into with tankless hot water systems.
First, tankless hot water systems are expensive. The cost has come down tremendously over the past few years, but it does still cost more than a traditional gas or electric water heater with a tank to have a tankless hot water system installed. The parts are still somewhat specialized as well, so anything not covered by warranty could be costly.
The next problem some people run into with tankless hot water systems is finding a plumber to work with them. The technology is still somewhat new, so not all plumbing contractors are familiar with them. Here at Crystal Lake Plumber, serving Lake County, McHenry County, Kane County, Northern Cook County, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Huntley, Algonquin, and Crystal Lake, we are fully bonded, licensed, and insured plumbing contractors who have experience with a variety of tankless hot water systems. We can help you with the installation, repair, and preventative maintenance on these water heating systems.
Mostly, we recommend going for the gas fueled tankless hot water systems, as the electric systems don’t save that much in terms of energy costs and they take longer to heat up.
The way tankless hot water systems work is that heat the water as it passes through the system rather than storing water and heating it over time.Even on a gas model, you’ll still need to supply power for its electronic controls, but the electric models require much more power than even a traditional tanked water heater.You might consider an electric tankless water heater for small jobs—handling a single shower, hot tub, or pool. They can also help to boost the temperature from a solar powered water heater. Some RVs and boats might also use versions of an electric tankless hot water systems.
So, in the long run, tankless hot water systems do help you save money. If you combine it with other resource efficient methods, your initial investments are definitely going to go up, but it will pay off in the long run.
Plus, there are multiple government programs out there to help offset the initial cost by installing energy efficient appliances such as water heaters, and most tankless hot water systems would qualify for these benefits.If you’re curious about what would be better for you—a traditional water heater or a tankless hot water system—we’d be happy to help you figure that out. Just contact us anytime at Crystal Lake Plumber, and we’ll go over your options with you, and help you make this very important decision.