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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters


If we asked you which home system you couldn’t live without, you’d probably say it’s your air conditioner. It’s true that in Orange County you rely heavily on your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable throughout our extended cooling season. 

However, there’s a home system you rely on multiple times a day, 365 days per year. That system is your water heater! Just think about how often you rely on water throughout the day. When your water heater begins showing signs that it’s struggling to provide the hot water your family requires, you’ll notice it right away. 

If you’ve had to call for water heater repair in Orange County lately, perhaps you’ve been thinking of upgrading to a tankless model. Let’s review the pros and cons of these energy-efficient systems so you’ll be ready to make the decision when it’s time to choose. After all, you don’t want to go without hot water for even a day.

Tankless Water Heater Pros

  • They’re stylish and compact: Tankless water heaters are slim, streamlined, and aesthetically pleasing without the necessary bulk needed to store water. They can be mounted on the wall and will take up a lot less space in your home or garage.
  • Save energy: If you’re conscious of how much energy appliances use and prefer energy-efficient ones, tankless is the way to go. Unlike traditional water heaters, tankless models heat water on demand. Since they’re not heating water 24/7, 365 days a year, they use a lot less energy. 
  • Save money: Saving energy means saving money on your energy bills which means you’ll feel good about choosing the eco-friendly option in more ways than one. 
  • They last longer: Tank water heaters suffer from the wear and tear that comes with having to store hot water all the time. Tankless models will last a little longer than their tank counterparts.
  • Plenty of hot water: If there’s not always enough hot water to go around in the morning for showers, a tankless water heater will solve that problem. Because they heat water on demand, there should be plenty of hot water to go around in the morning.

Tankless Water Heater Cons

  • Small hot water delays: There is one small drawback of not having a full tank of water ready to go. When you turn on the hot water, there’ll be a short delay of 15–30 seconds until the water becomes hot. 
  • Initial cost: The upfront costs will be higher, especially if plumbing modifications are needed. But you’ll save money on utilities over time.
  • Keeping up with demand: If there’s high demand for hot water at the same time, a tankless water heater might struggle. To avoid this, it needs to be sized correctly for your home and household, which is something a professional plumbing technician can figure out for you. There’s also the option of having a small, tank water heater as a backup. We can go over all the options with you. 

Call Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air for Fast and Professional water heater repair and service. We have served Orange County since 1981.

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