Tankless (Electric) Water Heater Review

            Being in the plumbing industry gives me the opportunity to hear and learn about the new and innovative products that companies produce throughout the years.  It seems like with all the technology that we have, people are finding ways to use applications from different industries and creating great products.  Whenever there is an idea that I like, I try my best to implement that idea into my own home.  But I’m also the kind of guy who doesn’t want to be wasteful-I like to get all the “mileage” I can out of the things that I own.

            When the tankless water heater came out in the US market some years back, I knew it was something that I would want to eventually have in our home.  However, at the time we still had our regular water heater and it was still working just fine.  We had replaced some parts in it over the past few years and each time it fixed the individual problems that we were having.  But nothing lasts forever.  About six or seven months ago, our water heater just died out and we couldn’t find a solution to fix it this time (secretly, I wasn’t too sad about that).

            I talked it over with my wife and we decided to get an electric tankless water heater.  Since it was around the slow plumbing season, I was able to find the parts I needed and get it installed throughout the course of one day.  It took a few trips to and from the local supply house, but all the needed modifications and rerouting of pipe was done and we got the water heater up and running.

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            So far it has been just great and we are very pleased!  Since it is an on-demand type water heater (meaning it only heats the water when a hot water tap is turned on) our electric bill has gone down.  With a water heater that has a tank, the unit will turn on anytime the temperature of the water drops below a certain level and/or cold water enters the tank (after some hot water has been used, for example).  This means that sometimes the water is being heated throughout the day, such as on Saturdays when our family cleans the house and a lot of hot water is being used.  This doesn’t happen with our new water heater!

            Not only do we get a constant flow of hot water when we need it, but the size of the tankless water heater is a lot smaller than a regular one.  In fact, after we removed the old water heater and installed the new one, I was able to add some shelving to give us some extra storage space.  The new unit is mounted on the wall and is hardly noticeable (not that many people will be looking in the storage closet anyway-it’s just a nice feature).

            I also know that when I need to, I can find replacement parts to keep our tankless water heater going for years.  They are said to last up to 10 years longer than regular models.  It gives me peace of mind and worry-free hot water.

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