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Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

5 Great Reasons to Go Tankless This New Year

water heater installationIs it harder to get your water to be as hot as you’d like? Are your energy bills higher? Is your hot water looking rusty out of the tap? These are signs that it’s time to think about replacing your water heater.

If you have a traditional tank-style water heater that’s hitting the ten-year mark, you’re probably used to running out of hot water. On busy mornings, when everyone needs to shower and get out, someone likely ends up with a lukewarm experience—which is not the best way to start the day.

Imagine having virtually unlimited hot water all while seeing lower fuel bills. It’s possible, with a high-efficiency tankless water heater. You can even run the dishwasher and do a load of laundry at the same time without worry!

Here are 5 more great reasons to go tankless:

  1. Unlimited Hot Water: Traditional tank heaters can run out of hot water if you use a lot at once. Tankless water heaters use an electric pilot and a hot propane flame to heat water instantly on demand. There’s no tank, so it can’t hit empty.
  2. Savings: Tankless water heaters save energy by instantly heating water when you need it, rather than keeping a large tank hot all the time. All that efficiency means you’ll also save money by lowering your energy costs by as much as 40%.
  3. Flexibility: With no storage tank, a tankless water heater is small – about the size of a suitcase. It can also be wall-mounted, which means a tankless water heater can be placed just about anywhere in the house, including closets and crawl spaces.
  4. Quality components: The more durable components of a tankless water heater system fail less often and can often be repaired rather than replaced.
  5. Longer equipment life: The primary culprit in the limited lifespan of a conventional water heater is the corrosive water stored in its tank. Because it doesn’t store water, a tankless water heater will last 18 to 20 years.

Don’t Take Hot Water for Granted!

Your water heater is one of the hardest-working pieces of equipment in your home. Between bathing and showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry, the typical American household uses between 60 and 65 gallons of hot water a day. Your water heater provides all that hot water, day in and day out. Cold Southern Maine winters can make your water heater work even harder.

That nonstop workload takes a toll. The life expectancy for a conventional tank-style water heater is between eight and 10 years. But don’t wait for your water heater to fail to replace it: like other essential equipment in your home, such as your refrigerator, you don’t want to go long without it.

Want to learn more about the benefits of a tankless water heater? The pros at Pitstop Propane and Fuels can help you choose the best option for your needs, and help you take advantage of available rebates from Rinnai. Enjoy energy efficiency and all the hot water you need with a new water heater! Contact us today to get started.