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Why Go Tankless?

The Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

Why should you switch from a traditional tank-style water heater? Tankless technology can bring an immense amount of improvement in to your home, including offering you the ability to do things that has never been possible before. Here are just a few of the most common reasons why people make the decision to go tankless.

Tank water heater vs. tankless water heater

1. Limitless Hot Water

As long as your water and gas supply remain uninterrupted and flowing smoothly, your tankless water heater will continue to supply you with hot water for as long as you need it. Tank-style water heaters suffer from the problem of needing to refill and reheat before they can continue distributing hot water. When they run out, you get cold water flowing through your plumbing, which can be a rude awakening when taking a shower or trying to do laundry.

A tankless water heater heats the water you need as you need it. No storage tank to refill and reheat. No waiting for dozens of gallons to come back up to temperature. Just hot water when you need it. That simple.

2. Cost Savings

A tankless water heater may be a bigger investment than a new tank style water heater, but the truth is the investment will save you money in the long run. Tankless water heaters can last for decades when properly cared for. Tank style heaters, on the other hand, generally only last anywhere from eight to ten years in most instances before the tank itself corrodes and springs a leak, mandating replacement. Replacing a water heater can cost thousands of dollars, so naturally it’s smart to want to avoid it as much as possible.

Likewise, tank-style heaters use a lot of excess fuel (gas or electricity) to not only get your water up to temperature, but keep it there as well. Tankless heaters only use fuel to heat your water when you turn on your hot water tap, so you’re only heating water when you’re going to use it. No wasted energy keeping a storage tank warm and waiting.

3. Improves Home Safety

A tankless water heater is far safer for your home than a tank-style heater. For starters, tankless water heaters are far less prone to leaking than tank-style ones, which means less of a risk for catastrophic damage to your home. When a tank heater leaks, it can ruin drywall, damage flooring, destroy personal property, and even cause foundation issues. Tankless water heaters can help you avoid all that.

A tank-style heater also has the unfortunate tendency of building up pressure. Modern energy-efficient units in particular are the most prone to this issue because of the immense amount of heat they generate to try and reduce refill and reheat times. This can cause pressure buildup in your tank that could damage it, or even cause it to explode in extreme cases. Because there’s no tank to build pressure in, a tankless system avoids this risk entirely.

To learn more about the other great benefits of switching to a tankless water heater in St. Paul, talk to the experts who install more, repair more, service more, and do more with tankless water heaters than any other plumber.

Call the St. Paul water heater experts at HomeWorks by dialing (651) 401-8068 today!

Tankless Water Heater FAQ

Consider going tankless to start enjoying the benefits of continuous hot water! Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding tankless water heaters from customers in the Twin Cities area.

Do Tankless Water Heaters Work in Minnesota?

Yes. The rumor that tankless water heaters simply don’t work in Minnesota winters is because some people may not get the right tankless water heater for the climate. This can happen when you hire a plumber or water heater installer who simply doesn’t have the experience or knowledge to know what brands and models of heaters are ideal for our particularly frigid winters.

When you trust the experts at HomeWorks, we’ll work with you to choose the perfect water heater for your home. We’ll make sure that it can output enough water to meet your needs and are compatible with your existing systems. And every system we install is designed specifically with Minnesota water temperatures in mind.

Is Maintenance Expensive for Tankless Water Heaters?

Not at all. The water heater units we install do not need regular flushing. For some units, you need to regularly flush the unit (a once per year service) in order to ensure it lasts. Our carefully-selected systems are designed to avoid this maintenance requirement, and we’ve worked extremely carefully with manufacturers to ensure this is the case. At most, your heater will need to be inspected every year or two to ensure that it’s still running smoothly and all connections are in good condition.

Is My Gas Line Going to Be a Problem?

Some companies will tell you that there’s a good chance you’ll have to upgrade your existing gas line in order to feed your tankless water heater with enough gas to work properly. This isn’t the case with our units. Our St. Paul water heater experts have found that the overwhelming majority of homes we service have a perfectly adequate supply of gas to their water heater as-is. It’s actually exceedingly rare to have to upgrade any part of your gas line to accommodate a tankless water heater. How do we do this? We primarily use tankless water heaters which are designed to work with older homes, which often have significantly smaller gas supply lines.

How Long Does a Tankless Installation Take?

Installing a tankless water heater takes only slightly longer than a traditional tank style water heater, assuming that your existing gas, drain, and water lines are satisfactory (which the majority of the homes we service are). Generally, the entire installation can be completed in as little as three to four hours and you should be able to enjoy an endless supply of hot water the same day the job begins.

Do I Need a Permit to Install a Tankless Water Heater?

Yes. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul require you to get a plumbing permit to install any water heater, including replacing an existing unit. Our plumbing experts can take care of this for you—as licensed contractors, we’re allowed to apply for these permits online through an expedited process which ensures the permits come through before the job begins so you have nothing to worry about. The cost of the permit is generally included in the final total for your water heater installation service.

Time for water heater replacement in St. Paul? Now is a great time to make the switch to tankless! Talk to one of our Twin Cities tankless water heater experts at HomeWorks by calling (651) 401-8068 today!