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Should I Get A Tankless Water Heater?

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To many, the phrase “tankless water heater” could sound like an oxymoron. How could a device possibly heat water without a reservoir to hold that water? The answer comes from a little bit of technology. 

A tankless water heater is a form of on-demand water heater that offers instant, energy-efficient hot water while taking up much less space than a traditional water heater. Tankless heaters use combustible gas, usually natural gas or propane, to heat water directly. Using a series of burners to quickly superheat water flowing through the unit, it provides essentially unlimited, on-demand hot water.

After Hour Plumbing & Drain is committed to providing our customers with knowledge and access to every option and possible solution when it comes to any and all of their plumbing needs. 

Pros And Cons Of Tankless Water Heaters


Tankless water heaters come with a clear list of benefits, and depending on your situation, could save you a lot of money in future energy bills. Some of the clearest benefits of tankless heaters are:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Instant hot water
  • Unlimited hot water
  • Smaller physical footprint than traditional units 
  • Longer lifespan than traditional units
  • Less maintenance 

Obviously, there are many pros that come with having a tankless hot water heater solution. The small units are simple in function, so they require little maintenance, and instead of heating a large tank of water and keeping it hot throughout the day, it only heats water as needed. This means that tankless units tend to be cheaper overall for your energy bills. These savings, combined with the advantages of unlimited and instant hot water, make tankless hot water heaters appealing options. 


Adversely, there are a few drawbacks to tankless hot water heaters that may make them less than ideal for some situations. The first stumbling block is the initial instillation cost, which could understandably be a factor in the decision to go tankless. The other cons are a bit more circumstance specific and include:

  • Less efficient at providing hot water to multiple sources
  • Water can sometimes take longer to initially heat up
  • Cold water in the line could become sandwiched between two segments of  hot water, leading to a random moment of cold water
  • Hard to achieve lukewarm water

Clearly, tankless hot water heaters come with a clear list of pros and cons and which type of unit will work best for you largely depends on individual circumstances and preference. 

Do you enjoy the idea of a limitless supply of hot water available on demand with the possibility of saving some money on energy bills? A tankless hot water heater may be right for you. 

Likewise, would you prefer the tried and true consistency provided by a limited supply of traditional hot water heaters? That’s perfectly fine!

No matter your situation, the professionals here at After Hour Plumbing & Drain are here to provide you with any and all plumbing options so you can find the best solution for you!

After Hour Has The Hot Water Solution For You!

Regardless of your situation, the plumbers here at After Hour Plumbing & Drain will be here to fully assess your situation and provide a free quote and professional opinion on which hot water solution will best fit your needs.

We’re committed to providing the highest quality Monterey water heater replacement possible. If you need anything regarding your home’s plumbing, don’t hesitate to call us today! We’re committed to being your one-stop shop for all things plumbing and pipes.

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