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Here are the benefits of tankless water heaters

Considering upgrading your water heater this spring? If you’re changing out your old water heater, you should consider upgrading to a tankless system. In this blog, we’ll review the benefits of tankless water heaters, and why you should consider one for your home.

When you’re ready to get started (or need more information!), contact Southern Air for professional plumbing services here in Louisiana, including Alexandria, Monroe, and Shreveport.

What are tankless water heaters?

Tankless water heaters go by several names, including:

  • Demand-Type Water Heaters
  • Instantaneous Water Heaters

No matter what they’re called, these systems are a new type of residential water heater that heats up water without storing it in a tank. Instead, the system runs cold water through a series of superheated internal pipes, quickly warming it to the desired temperature before sending that now-heated water to the faucets and shower heads of your home.

  • In a gas demand-type system, this heating is accomplished through the combustion of natural gas. The water is then pushed past gas burners.
  • In an electric tankless system, this heating is accomplished by running the water in pipes past heating elements.

This method of heating water distinguishes this type of water heater from “traditional” water heaters, which typically refers to systems that heat water and then store it for future use in a tank.

What are the advantages of a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters have several advantages over standard water heaters. Here are four reasons you should strongly consider replacing your aging traditional water heater with a demand-type system:

The benefits of tankless water heaters include energy-efficiency, endless hot water, and—as seen in this image—space savings.

The benefits of tankless water heaters include energy-efficiency, endless hot water, and—as seen in this image—space savings.

Energy-efficiency

Tankless systems are more energy-efficient than standard water heaters. They use up to 30% less energy than regular water heaters, which can amount to $100 per year in savings. Over the course of the lifespan of the system, those savings can really add up.

If you’ve been looking for ways to make your home more energy-efficient, a tankless water heater is a great place to start. Give Southern a call to learn about other ways you can start saving.

Endless hot water supply

Tankless water heaters are also known as “demand-type water heaters.” This is because, true to their name, they can provide your home with hot water as its needed at the tap or shower head. Since the system heats water as needed, there’s no “running out” of hot water like with standard water heaters.

With an endless hot water supply, your entire family can take showers in the morning without the last person feeling like they’re taking an ice bath.

Less floor space

Most tankless water heaters are wall-mounted, and can go inside your garage, washroom, or even on the side of your home. This frees up the floor space used by your current water heater.

In addition, tankless water heaters don’t carry some of the same risks as standard units. For instance, tankless systems can’t “burst” and flood your home like a tank system can if not maintained.

Systems last longer

On average, tankless water heaters last almost twice as long as standard water heaters. With standard systems, that combination of stored water, heat, and metal can only last so long, even with a sacrificial anode rod. A tankless water heater, in contrast, can last up to 20 years, providing your home with great value for decades to come.

Is a tankless water heater worth it?

We’ve talked about the benefits. So, what are the downsides of a tankless water heater? For one, demand-type systems are typically more expensive than “tank” water heaters. In some cases, the system and its installation can cost twice that of a traditional water heater.

However, it’s worth noting that the system’s improved lifespan and energy-efficiency will typically make up that difference over time. In other words, this is the type of home here in Louisiana where a tankless water heater probably fits best:

  • You plan on staying in your home for the foreseeable future, which means you’ll be around to inevitably recoup the costs through lower utility bills and the extended lifespan of the water heater.
  • You have a large family, and your cumulative morning water use makes a standard water heater impractical.
  • You live in an area of the state where municipal or utility rebates are available to homeowners who upgrade to an energy-efficient water heater.

As with most things in your home, be sure to take the long view when it comes to making an upgrade: even though a demand-type system might cost more upfront, the benefits of tankless water heaters may make one well worth the cost to you.

Call us at Southern Air

If you’re considering upgrading to a new water heater, contact Southern Air. We have professional plumbers throughout Louisiana who specialize in water heater installation and other plumbing services.

5 signs you need a new water heater in your home

You and your family rely on your home’s water heater for hot water. Yet, these systems don’t last forever. The combination of heat, water, and metal eventually leads to the system’s failure. So, what are the signs you need a new water heater?

How do you know when is the right time to start shopping for a new standard water heater—or even a tankless—system?

In this blog, we’ll run through the five big signs that you should call Southern Air for water heater installation. From rust to age, these are the signals that it’s time to ditch your old system for a new, energy-efficient one.

The 5 big signs you need a new water heater

1. There’s rust coming out of your home’s water supply

Let’s tackle this one first, because it’s the most obvious sign that something might be wrong with your water heater. While pipes or local water contamination can also cause rusting, a heavy presence of rust that only appears while running hot water is a sure sign that your water heater’s anode rod has been exhausted and your tank is starting to rust.

After all, rust in a water heater is an inevitability: the combination of heat, water, and metal for that many years, so consistently, will eventually lead to rust. If you’re seeing rust in your water, it’s most likely too late to replace the anode rod alone. You’ll need to contact Southern Air for water heater repairs.

2. Banging or rumbling noises

If you hear banging or rumbling noises coming from your system, they could indicate that your water heater is about to break down. The noise normally comes when the water heater gets old, and is due to the buildup of sediment deposits at the bottom of the tank.

This sediment deposit hardens as it is heated and then reheated. This will cause your heater to take extra time to warm up the water, and can cause warping that leads to strange noises. This problem, left untreated, can also lead to water leaks from holes or cracks in the system.

3. Just plain old age

This goes hand-in-hand with the anode rod being used up in #1. Eventually, your water heater is going to start to develop problems as it enters its second decade of life. On average, most standard units last about a decade before needing to be replaced.

If you don’t remember when you last bought the water heater, you should consider looking at the manufacturer’s serial number on the sticker on the top of the water heater.

4. Less energy-efficiency = higher energy costs

Water heaters lose energy-efficiency over time, which results in high heating bills as the system gets older. An older unit will struggle to heat the water, having to fight through sediment to do so. This results in high heating bills.

You should consider replacing your water heater with an energy-efficient unit. This will result in greater cost savings in the long run. If you’re really interested in energy-efficiency, a tankless water heater might be right for your home.

5. Water pooling around the water heater

Any kind of tank breach with a water heater is bad news. From the smallest of hairline fractures to actively pooling water, you need to shut off the water and get your system replaced. Hull integrity is everything to a water heater, and you’re risking a flooded home by continuing to use a leaking system.

Call Southern Air for water heater installation in Alexandria

Here in Alexandria, Louisiana, the plumbers at Southern Air are your best choice for water heater installation and replacement. We can help you select the best water heater for your home.

To get started, give us a call at (318) 640-3151 or contact us online. We’re happy to talk to you about the signs you need a new water heater in your home.