Should I go tank less?
This is one of the most common questions that we receive on a weekly basis. While tank less units are great and provide many benefits, their cost is a major consideration. Up front, a tank less retrofit going from a tank to tank less can cost anywhere from 4,000 to 7,000 dollars on average depending on the work involved. The following will help you determine if a tank less water heater is the right choice for you. We will match or beat any written estimate by a licensed plumbing contractor on a tank less water heater installation. For us to match or beat any written estimate we will need to see the estimate and it must be for a product line that we install. The list below covers the advantages and disadvantages of tank less water heaters.
Advantages: Saves space, these units can be installed just about anywhere &(both inside and outside).Unlimited supply of hot water, you can take multiple showers or baths back to back to back and never worry about running out of hot water. Gas savings, compared to traditional tank water heaters that has 30 or more gallons of water being heated 24/7/365.Tank less units have a lower chance of leaking, so the likelihood of water damage is significantly less. Longevity, with proper maintenance you can expect 15 years or more of life.
Disadvantages: Cost, a tank less installation is expensive due to the higher cost of the unit, parts and labor. The price is driven by what needs to be upgraded in your home to properly install a tank less unit. There are normally issues with gas line size, venting issues and electrical requirements .If you choose a basic tank less unit, the time it takes to get hot water can increase by 30 seconds or more depending on your home and how it is plumbed. We do have units that have recirculating pumps so this problem can be solved. The filters on a tank less unit should be cleaned once a year, every three years the unit needs to be de scaled (removal of mineral buildup). There are options for a pre filter if you chose to help lower maintenance intervals and costs. Electricity is required, depending on where the tank less unit is located, an electrician may be needed to run an outlet to the tank less location. Online you may find negative comments on tank less units, most of these come from poor installations. We have fixed hundreds of tank less installations due to poor work performed by unlicensed plumbing contractors or handymen who are not familiar on installation practices required with tank less units .No matter who you choose, be sure to verify that the person installing your unit is licensed, has experience and the resources to fix your unit in the chance it needs to be repaired. We also recommend to avoid electric tank less water heaters due to the astronomical running costs and power requirements. We specialize in Navien, Takagi and Rheem tank less water heaters we also replace a lot of old first or second generation units with new modern units. Over the years these units have been upgraded and have some really nice features. The average cost of replacing your current old tank less unit with a new unit will range from $2500 to $4000 depending on the unit and some minor upgrades to water, gas and venting requirements. If you are interested in getting some more information please call us so we can ask you some questions about your needs and to set up an on site visit to discuss everything with you. Tank less water heater estimates are more like consultations, these consultations are very detailed and in most cases take 45 minutes to and hour to complete. We are more than happy to provide you with a FREE verbal estimate for your project. If you would like a detail written estimate we do charge a $100 consultation fee. This fee will be credited back to you if you use us to install your system. We charge this fee to cover our time. It is very easy for another company to view our detailed written estimate and beat our price by a few hundred dollars when they don't have to spend the time to do an on site visit. This fee is non refundable unless we install your system.