How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

If you are considering updating your water heater, you have probably been reading up on the pros and cons of a traditional tank water heater or updating to a tankless water heater. With all that information, you may be wondering just how does a tankless water work so differently from the traditional type.

The major difference between the two types is how the water is heated. Instead of keeping a large supply of hot water heated and ready for use, a tankless water heater is at your service only when you need it.

While the price tag is higher, the long term savings and longevity of updating to a tankless water heater is never in doubt. And don’t forget about the convenience of not running out of hot water!

Traditional Type

Water in the tank is constantly kept heated with the use of an internal electric or gas burner. This hot water rises to the top waiting to be used. When you turn on the hot water faucet, it pushes cold water into the tank, which sends the hot water on its merry way to reach us.

Hot Water On Demand

When you turn on the faucet, that water activates a powerful heat exchanger that instantly heats the water to your desired temperature as it flows through. When you turn off the hot water, you also turn off the heat exchanger, which means energy savings.

If you use a small point of use system, the time you wait for hot water is incredibly short. If you use a whole house system, you will wait for the hot water to travel from the system to your faucet, which can vary depending on the size of the house.

If you would like to discuss the water heater options available for your home in West Haven & Fairfield Counties, Rick’s Plumbing can help! Check out our money saving coupons and then give Rick’s Plumbing a call. If you need it quick, call Rick!