Wouldn’t it be great if your water heater lasted forever and never had to be replaced? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case, and the time will come when your existing water heater can no longer function correctly. The average lifespan of a traditional tank water heater is between eight and 12 years, and when the unit starts nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s time to consider replacing it. The unit will also exhibit signs to let you know it’s time for a replacement, including:
- Increased energy bills
- You frequently run out of hot water
- The water no longer gets hot enough
- You have no hot water
- Brown or rust-colored water
When it’s time to replace your existing water heater, you have to decide which type of water heater to install. You can go with another traditional tank model or look into Rheem tankless water heaters.
Tankless units have benefits you can’t get from a traditional tank unit and may be best for your Carrollton, TX, home.
#1 Save Money On Your Electric Bills
Tank water heaters fill with water, which is heated and stored so you’ll always have hot water when you need it. The unit will kick on multiple times daily to ensure the water in the tank stays hot, which consumes a lot of energy. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy bills, Rheem tankless water heaters could be the solution to your problem.
Tankless water heaters don’t store a hot water supply; instead, the unit heats the water only when you turn on a hot water tap. According to the US Department of Energy, you can save an average of $108 per year if you install a gas-fired tankless unit and around $44 per year if you install an electric unit in your Carrollton, TX home.
#2 You Won’t Run Out of Hot Water
One of the most significant benefits of Rheem tankless water heaters is that you won’t run out of hot water. Tank units hold 40 gallons of water or more, and if you’re last in line for the shower or are running hot water-based appliances, using so much hot water will deplete the supply, and it can take an hour or longer for the tank to refill and for the water to heat up.
Tankless water heaters don’t store water and provide hot water on demand. This will prevent you from running out of hot water, and you’ll never have to worry about taking a cold shower again.
#3 Saves Space In Your Home
Traditional tank water heaters are large because they have to hold 40+ gallons of water. If your home is small or you don’t have much living or storage space, installing a large unit can be a problem.
Rheem tankless water heaters are about the size of a suitcase and can be installed on an interior or exterior wall, freeing up much-needed space in your home. Also, Rheem tankless water heaters are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional tank units.
#4 Longer Lifespan
As mentioned above, tank water heaters have a lifespan of eight to 12 years. When the unit reaches the end of its lifespan, you’ll need to buy a new water heater and pay to have it installed.
Rheem tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years. The unit and installation cost is more expensive than a tank unit, but you’ll need to replace the unit once in 20 years, whereas you’ll replace a tank unit twice in the span of 20 years.
If you can afford the initial cost, Rheem tankless water heaters are the more cost-effective option because they will last twice as long as a tank unit.
#5 Eliminate the Risk of a Flood
Tank water heaters store 40 gallons of water or more, and if the tank corrodes or the sediment in the tank cracks the tank, the water will flood your Carrollton, TX home, causing significant water damage and mold growth. If this happens, you’ll need to replace the water heater and spend the money to clean the flood and eradicate the mold, which can be incredibly expensive.
Rheem tankless water heaters don’t store water, so you won’t need to worry about a flood. An issue with the unit can cause a leak, but it will only create a small puddle under the unit, which can be dried up with a towel. If you’re worried about your home flooding, it’s best to go with a tankless model.
#6 Less Maintenance
Tank water heaters must be maintained annually to ensure they function as efficiently as possible and prevent sediment from building up in the tank. Sediment buildup can clog the water line, contaminate the water or crack the tank, so yearly maintenance is essential.
Tankless models require less maintenance because they don’t store water. Most plumbers recommend having tankless units maintained every five years, which is more convenient and cost-effective than maintaining a tank unit every year.
#7 Peace of Mind
Tankless water heaters provide peace of mind, which is something you can’t put a price on. When the unit is installed, you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water or the unit flooding your home, which aren’t benefits you can get with a tank model. Many homeowners with tankless models say their peace of mind is the most significant benefit.
Call bluefrog Plumbing & Drain of North Dallas Today
If you’re considering installing a tankless water heater in your home, look no further than bluefrog Plumbing & Drain of North Dallas. We’re a full-service plumbing company and are experts on Rheem tankless water heaters.
Our plumbers have undergone years of professional training and apprenticeship to learn their craft and have the knowledge and skill to handle any plumbing repair, including the challenging ones.
We understand how inconvenient plumbing problems can be, so we provide emergency service. If you have a plumbing issue that must be addressed immediately, we’ll get a plumber to your home as quickly as possible to resolve it.
To schedule an appointment to discuss tankless water heaters or plumbing installation, maintenance, or repair, give us a call today.