Tankless Water Heaters
Hillside Oil Heating & Cooling installs, maintains, and repairs tankless water heating systems in DE, MD, & PA.
The luxury of a tankless hot water heater: Nearly limitless hot water. If you like to take LONG BATHS & SHOWERS without worrying about losing hot water, this is your first-class choice. The lifespan of a tankless water heater can be more than 20 years. That is double the lifespan of a standard water heater. You’d have to buy two standard water heaters in the time to own one tankless water heater. Pair that with lower operating and energy costs, tankless water heaters are a smart investment that everyone can afford, not just the rich and famous. Call us today to schedule a FREE estimate at 302-738-4144 (DE&PA) or 410-398-2146 (MD).
A tankless water heater is a great alternative to the traditional “tank” water heater. They are affordable and flexible, accommodating many replacement situations. Enjoy endless hot water in a small, sleek, compact design. Typically the unit hangs on your wall and out of the way.
No longer worry about running out of hot water, water pressure, or having to plan when to shower in your home.
What is a Tankless (or On-Demand) Water Heater?
Traditional water heaters are a large tank connected to a burner or electrical heating element. The tank fills with heated water and distributes it to the piping when turned on. This style of water heater is ubiquitous in homes across DE, MD, PA and around the globe. They aren’t particularly energy-inefficient. The heated water in the tank must be reheated periodically to maintain the proper temperature, even when the water is not being used. Obviously, this wastes electricity or gas.
Tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. They don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money. Here you’ll find basic information about how they work, whether a tankless water heater might be right for your home, and what criteria to use when selecting the right model. Check out the Energy Saver 101: Water Heating infographic to learn if a tankless water heater is right for you, and our #AskEnergySaver discussion on water heating for more answers on efficient water heating.
Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, have no storage tank. They are truly “on-demand” systems, heating water only when the homeowner needs it. Without a bulky storage tank, they can be installed in tight spaces, helping to save room inside the home.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Tankless Water Heater?
For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water — around 86 gallons per day. You can achieve even greater energy savings of 27%–50% if you install a demand water heater at each hot water outlet. ENERGY STAR® estimates that a typical family can save $100 or more per year with an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heater.
The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, but tankless water heaters will typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years.
Tankless water heaters can avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. However, although gas-fired tankless water heaters tend to have higher flow rates than electric ones, they can waste energy if they have a constantly burning pilot light. This can sometimes offset the elimination of standby energy losses when compared to a storage water heater. In a gas-fired storage water heater, the pilot light heats the water in the tank so the energy isn’t wasted.
The cost of operating a pilot light in a tankless water heater varies from model to model. Ask the manufacturer how much gas the pilot light uses for the model you’re considering. If you purchase a model that uses a standing pilot light, you can always turn it off when it’s not in use to save energy. Also consider models that have an intermittent ignition device (IID) instead of a standing pilot light. This device resembles the spark ignition device on some gas kitchen ranges and ovens.
Installation & Maintenance of Tankless Water Heater
Hillside installs and maintains tankless water heaters in New Castle County, DE, Cecil County, MD, and Southern Chester County, PA. We have trained and qualified tankless water heater technicians who are able to install your on demand water heater.
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We recommend periodic water heater maintenance to significantly extend your water heater’s life and minimize loss of efficiency.
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