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What Is a Tankless Water Heater?

Last updated 5 years ago

Traditional water heaters store hot water in a large reservoir somewhere inside your home until you need it. However, modern advances in plumbing and heating technology now allow more compact units to heat water on-demand. But why would these units replace traditional hot water tanks? Read on to find out:

A Compact Alternative

Because they do not use a reservoir to store unused hot water, they can be installed virtually anywhere in your household. Despite their size, tankless water heaters can typically handle the same water heating load as traditional water heaters when appropriately sized. They can also act as supplementary devices to produce hot water for appliances such as dishwashers or washers. Tankless water heaters are available in either electrical or gas configurations.

An Energy Saver

Tankless water heaters are significantly more efficient than traditional units since they do not suffer the stand-by energy losses of continually heating stored water. Depending on your water usage, tankless water heaters can reduce your home energy usage by as much up to 50 percent with an on-demand unit at each water outlet. According to ENERGY STAR estimates, tankless units can save the average American household over $100 annually.

A Long-Term Solution

Because tankless water heaters do not have to constantly use their heating elements, they suffer less wear and have a longer lifespan than traditional units. Whereas traditional water heaters have a typical lifespan between 10 to 15 years, tankless units can last well over 20 years. Additionally, their smaller size and accessibility allows for simpler maintenance.

Wholesale Tankless, Inc. is the largest retail distributor of Rinnai tankless water heaters in the country, which allows us to provide high-quality products at a great price. Contact us online or at (877) 278-2253 today for inquiries about our inventory of tankless water heaters and accessories.


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