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Some Common Misunderstandings about Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are turning into one of the most popular new appliances for homes, and each year they make gains on the standard storage tank water heater when it comes to new installations. This leap in popularity isn’t surprising, since these water heaters offer many advantages for a household. The two biggest are their energy efficiency and endless hot water supply.

However, there are a number of misunderstandings regarding tankless hot water heaters that often make the rounds on the Internet. Below are three of them that we’d like to clear up.

One: Tankless Water Heaters Only Run on Electricity

This is completely false! Although tankless water heaters are available in electrical models for homes that lack a connection to a natural gas main, the majority of models are gas-powered. We install the highly efficient Navien tankless water heater, which runs on gas power.

Two: It’s Easy to Swap out a Tank Water Heater for a Tankless One

You should always have professionals install any water heater for your home, but it is especially important if you’re making the switch to a tankless system after using a conventional storage tank water heater. The installers need to make changes to the gas piping, the gas meter, and possibly the main gas line in order to handle the demands of the new system. Tankless water heaters also vent differently, requiring changes to maintain safety.

Three: Tankless Water Heaters Deliver Instant Hot Water

Many consumers are unaware that an “instant hot” system isn’t identical to a tankless system. There will be some delay for the hot water to reach the taps when they turn on. In most cases, this won’t be any longer than it takes for a standard storage tank water heater. If you want a faster delivery of hot water, you can have a hot water circulation system added.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. has proudly served Winter Springs and the rest of Central Florida since 1975. Contact us to find out more about installing a gas-powered tankless water heater for your home.

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