Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths About Tankless Water Heaters!

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Seattle heating and air conditioning

The days of using storage tanks to heat and reheat water are slowly getting replaced with the energy efficient technology of tankless water heaters. These appliances do not take up much space and can provide a continuous and quick supply of water, as and when you need. It is a win-win situation!

However, as this concept is relatively new, there are many myths and rumors surrounding the functioning, consumption power, unit strength, cost, etc. Most, if not all, are false and harm a homeowner’s best chance at benefitting from a tankless water heater.

If you’re considering making the switch to tankless but need the air to be cleared before you do, Hayes Heating & Cooling has debunked three of the most commonly believed myths about tankless water heaters.

Myth 1: Tankless water heaters can’t provide enough flow of hot water.

Articles on popular magazines stated that if a tankless water heater must heat two sources at the same time, it will not be capable of meeting the demand. However, this is not true. Our tankless models flow 9.8 gallons of hot water per minute and are also one of our top sellers.

Let’s say a shower uses 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM) of hot water while the dishwasher uses 1.5 to 2 gpm, and a washing machine uses 2 gpm. If all three appliances are simultaneously running, this means they are consuming a total of 5.5 gpm. Our gas tankless water heater can heat water at a flow rate of 9.8 gpm, therefore, running out of water will not be a problem.   

Myth 2: Tankless water heaters don’t last.

This was another talking point in a recent article. Some tankless water heaters get scaled up, and so pipes need to be cleaned out annually. This may take place in hard water markets elsewhere in the country, but here in western Washington, it does not. We are blessed with the most mineral free water in the entire country. In over thirty years of installing tankless water heaters, we have not found any scale.

Myth 3: Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank water heaters.

This is an exaggerated myth. Tankless water heaters pay for itself in fuel savings and replacement costs of tank water heaters. A gas tank type water heater uses 40% more gas than a tankless system and tends to deteriorate within ten to fifteen years.

A gas tank type water heating system will cost $19,440 to purchase two tank replacements and paying for the gas to operate them. Whereas, a tankless water heater will install and run on gas for only $8,024 over the same thirty years. This means a tankless system pays for itself in less than five years as compared to a tank system. That is a 20% tax-free rate of return. We have three locally installed tankless water heaters that have been running continuously for thirty-three years.

To get the best tankless water heaters in Seattle, WA, reach out to Hayes Heating & Cooling. We are a family owned and operated heating and air conditioning company with more than three decades of experience. We offer twenty-four-hour tank and tankless emergency water heating services including same day service.

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