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Don’t Believe These Tankless Water Heater Misconceptions

tankless-water-heater-misconceptionsSomething that we often recommend to our customers is a tankless water heater installation in Skokie, IL, when it comes time to switch out their aging storage tank water heater. There are a number of benefits that tankless water heaters bring to a household, including an unlimited supply of hot water, a longer lifespan, and a reduction in energy bills.

However, as is the case with many things that are innovative and new, there are often some outdated beliefs and misconceptions. The internet makes it even easier for certain rumors and myths to spread rapidly, but we’re here to combat against that! Keep reading to see what some of the biggest tankless water heater misconceptions are, and what you can learn from them.

Misconception 1: Tankless Water Heaters are Expensive to Operate

This is actually the opposite of the truth. At one time, tankless water heaters in commercial settings were somewhat wasteful money-wise. However, this was long before they started to be used more regularly for residences. Since then, the technology of tankless water heaters has greatly improved. Now, you can expect to start saving on your energy bills right away, when you have a tankless water heater installed.

Misconception 2: Tankless Water Heaters Don’t Supply Steady Hot Water

The mistaken belief in this case is that cold water will enter the hot water stream from a tankless system at times, so a person in the shower might suddenly and abruptly receive a blast of cold water when they least expect it. But, there’s not actual basis to this belief. All water passing through your tankless water heater when it’s running will move across the heating elements that stay steadily hot.

Misconception 3: Tankless Systems Can Send Scalding Water to the Taps

This is a safety concern with just about any water heater model you’d put in your home. But scalding water is actually more of a risk with storage tank systems than with tankless water heaters—due to something called thermal stacking. You are able to adjust the temperature of a tankless system to your comfort needs and then leave it there, and the system has a thermostat guard to prevent overheating.

Misconception 4: You Won’t Get Enough Hot Water

This last one comes from people who don’t really understand just how a tankless system works. When a tap is turned on in your home and requests hot water, then the water heater heats up the water for use. There’s no supply to be depleted, but there is with a storage tank water heater. Tankless systems can be overwhelmed from demand, however the way to avoid this is to have professionals help install as many tankless units as are necessary to cope with potential simultaneous demand.

If you’re interested in a tankless water heater installation for your home, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and dispel any myths you may believe about these efficient appliances!

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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