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Tankless Water Heaters: Dispelling Myths and Emphasizing Cost-Effectiveness

December 20, 2023

In the realm of plumbing system design, the consideration of water heating appliances and their associated costs is of paramount importance. As budget constraints often shape decisions, the debate between tank water heaters and tankless water heaters frequently arises. Unfortunately, misconceptions and myths about tankless water heaters persist, with one common belief being that they are expensive to purchase and install. This article aims to shed light on the affordability and advantages of tankless water heaters, allowing you to make an informed choice.

Affordability of Tankless Units

One prevalent misconception is that tankless water heaters are a significant financial burden. However, over the years, the pricing of these units has become increasingly competitive, rendering them an attractive option for many households. The diminishing price gap between tankless and traditional tank water heaters can be attributed to the rising costs of manufacturing materials, which have been exacerbated by global economic conditions and supply chain disruptions.

However, the true value of tankless water heaters extends beyond the initial purchase price. The long-term cost efficiencies, including energy savings, space savings, and product longevity, make tankless water heaters an economically sound choice for plumbing systems.

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Energy Savings

One of the most compelling aspects of tankless water heaters is their exceptional energy efficiency. Traditional tank water heaters typically exhibit a thermal efficiency of around 60-65 percent, leading to significant energy wastage. In contrast, tankless water heaters achieve an impressive thermal efficiency of approximately 85 percent. This heightened efficiency translates into reduced fuel and energy consumption.

Furthermore, the improved thermal efficiency of tankless water heaters often makes them eligible for rebates from local governments and energy providers. These incentives further lower the overall cost of ownership, reinforcing the financial attractiveness of tankless water heaters. 

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Space Savings

Another notable advantage of tankless water heaters is their compact form factor. These units are typically no larger than a suitcase, which substantial space savings, particularly in scenarios where multiple heaters are required. Tankless water heaters can be wall-mounted or even installed outdoors, making them especially valuable for residential new construction projects where optimizing space is crucial.

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Lifespan Savings

The longevity of water heaters is a pivotal consideration, as replacements can entail significant expenses and disruptions. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, traditional tank water heaters tend to last for 10-12 years. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/tankless-or-demand-type-water-heaters 

In contrast, tankless water heaters offer a substantially longer lifespan of up to 20 years. Moreover, the key components of tankless water heaters can be easily replaced, further extending their lifespan and reducing long-term maintenance costs.

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Cost-Effective Installation
Manufacturers continuously endeavor to streamline the installation of tankless water heaters, making it more accessible and cost-effective. In the past, a considerable expense was incurred due to venting, with costs ranging from $200 to as much as $1,000. This high cost was primarily due to some tankless units being compatible with only 3- or 4-inch PVC venting, which was more costly compared to the 2-inch PVC option.

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In conclusion, tankless water heaters provide a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for water heating requirements. The myth that they are costly to purchase and install is debunked by their competitive initial cost and numerous long-term advantages. With their energy savings, space savings, extended lifespan, and cost-effective installation options, tankless water heaters represent a wise choice for both residential and commercial plumbing systems. When evaluating your options for water heating, consider the affordability and long-term savings that tankless water heaters can bring to your plumbing system.

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Nancy Ghodrat
Nancy Ghodrat
2023-12-09
Bella is very knowledgeable about tankless water heaters. She determined that the heater that I purchased from Amazon was the wrong model. She went above and beyond the call of duty. She drove me in her car to the UPS store so I can return the heater and then drove me to the supplier store in San Jose (Pace Supply) so I can buy the correct one. She is very honest and showed me the wholesale price of the heater and used her coupon to get me the wholesale price. Umed, the technician, is an expert and did a great job installing the unit. He arrived on time, was very polite, and cleaned the area after his work was done. Bella and Umed put the customer first and provided an excellent service. I highly recommend United Plumbing because of Bella and Umed, their honesty, great service and expertise.
Catherine Hu
Catherine Hu
2023-11-24
Technician Beck came on thanksgiving day, working from 3pm till almost 9pm, to replace a new water heater. In the middle of the installment, he even had to go back to his office and pick up new parts. It was very difficult to set up the tubes at my place since the space for the tubes/water heater was limited. Technician was very patient and friendly the whole time. The pipes after Beck’s work are better designed. I am very grateful they are willing to come on a big holiday like thanksgiving, getting the challenging work done without any complaints. Otherwise it would be a cold shower thanksgiving for us. Highly recommend.
DR BLOCK (DRBLOCK)
DR BLOCK (DRBLOCK)
2023-10-31
United was quick to do an inspection and quote to replace our 20 year old tank water heater for a tankless and was able to start the job the same day. Professional and great service and the price was the lowest I received out of 3 or 4. Highly recommend!
gzarris
gzarris
2023-10-30
Quality work. Respectful of the property, and clean. Showed up on time. Alex gave good advice, answered numerous questions and only charged for the work performed per agreement. We will call them again.
Alvin & Mae Reyes
Alvin & Mae Reyes
2023-10-21
Yuri was great! Yuri came to inspect the pipes that were hearing while the water is running but unfortunately we weren’t able to hear anything at the time of the inspection. Yuri was able to install a new faucet in my kids bathroom. If you are looking for a plumbing company use United Plumbing, from the office to the field the service was great! I will definitely use Yuri and United plumbing again in the future.
Eugene Shoykhet
Eugene Shoykhet
2023-10-18
Amazing service for my low water pressure problem. Highly professional and timely
CB Chang
CB Chang
2023-10-07
Very quick responses with quality service, flexibility to adopt schedule change is good. Technician is professional and friendly. Services charge is very reasonable. I will definitely utilize their services in the future.
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Anil Nanda (AKN)
2023-10-03
They are professional. To the point. Fair transaction. And they provide warranty on their work which is great.
ted schram
ted schram
2023-10-03
They were able to come the same day I called. Service was quick and to the point, and the price was reasonable.
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