Tankless water heaters have taken the heating market by storm ever since they have been introduced. Ever house owner is willing to buy them for their own comfort and convenience. These water heaters are very efficient, provide you with an unlimited supply of hot water and do not take a lot of space.
However, with people talking about the benefits of these heaters there are some who claim there are problems associated with these units. So if you are looking to invest in a new tankless water heater, then you should be fully informed about it myths surrounding these appliances.
Make sure that you get all your facts straightened out so that you can make an informed decision.
Expensive To Operate
Most people believe that a heater that takes less space can be very expensive. However, this is not the case; in fact, a tankless heater can help save you around 20 percent of your energy bill making it very reasonable for you to use.
The Water Is Too Hot To Use
Just because a tankless water heater is small in size, it does not mean that it does not have a thermostat. In fact, these units promise you with an adjustable thermostat that can help in preventing overheating and boiling of water.
Not Enough Hot Water Is Supplied
This is another common myth concerning tankless water heaters. Some people believe that once all the water is used, water needs to be reheated which takes up to 30 minutes. However, these heaters have no storage tank which means that there is no limited supply of hot water.
These tanks allow water to get heated as they pass over the heated element; meaning you get hot water whenever you need it.
You Get Hot Water Instantly
These devices must not be purchased solely on the belief that they deliver hot water instantly. These water heaters do not deliver you hot water at the speed of sound and light; they are quicker than the traditional water heaters but using the word “instantly” can be a bit of exaggeration.
These heaters require natural gas to work and once they sense flow the water starts to heat up and then is supplied to you. Also, the speed of hot water depends on the distance between the water heater and the faucet.
You Need To Get Them Inspected Annually
The myth that you have to spend money every year to get your water heater inspected is not at all true. There is no time frame set to have your tanker inspected, and it all depends on the quality of water in your area.
The lower the water quality (more mineral content), more mineral will deposit through the system. Most of this mineral will get pushed out, however, if there is sediment built up you will be shown an error and then you will have to service your unit.
They Need Natural Gas
Some tankless water heaters work on gas whereas others work on propane-powered systems. These propane powered systems are very efficient and provide the same features as gas but are not readily available in the market.
These tankless water heaters also have electric versions, and they use around 20 percent less energy than a traditional electric water heater.
These Heaters Do Not Work Properly With Water
As the water starts to heat up, scale begins to form on the heat exchanger. Due to this flushing is required constantly to keep your heater working efficiently. If you have high usage of water or hard water, then more scale will build up.
The working of water heaters depends entirely on the water quality of your area. But whatever water source you have you can always use a water softener as this will decrease the amount of scale being produced. This will also help in saving you time between flushes. However, it is advised by us that you maintain your water heater system for better functionality and a longer lifespan.
Require A Complex Ventilation System
A tankless water heater requires adequate ventilation however if you install this heater on the exterior of your house then no ventilation will be required. If you plan on installing this unit inside your house, then you will need a little planning, but it is not very complicated.