An On-demand or tankless water heater provides hot water only when it is needed. That is, they don’t store hot water. Some tankless water heater can last up to 20 years and even longer especially when they are properly maintained.
A Tank water heater, on the other hand, cannot last that long because they are prone to leaks which leads to water damage. Another interesting thing about a tankless water heater is that they don’t produce standby energy losses that are associated with a tank water heater.
Tankless water heaters also require very less maintenance and as it uses less energy so it saves a lot of your electricity bill at the end of the month.
Tankless water heater gives continuous supply of hot water and takes no time to do so. It is instant and produce endless hot water.
In this article, we are going to discuss a lot about how an on-demand water heater work, types of an on-demand water heater and its advantages and disadvantages.
How an on-demand water heater works.
A tankless water heater heats water instantly without the use of a tank. When a hot water tap is opened, cold water runs through a pipe to the water heater unit where it is either heated by a gas burner or an electric element. The result of this simple process is an infinite supply of hot water, therefore eliminating the need to wait till a storage tank fill up and heat up before use.
Some tankless water heater can produce from 3-5gallons of hot water per minute. This amount can further be increased if the water heater uses gas as a heating source. If you need a lot of hot water on a regular basis, getting two tankless water heaters will be a great option.
You can also determine the area of your home where you want the hot water to flow from.
Types of tankless water heater
Now, as tankless water heaters are a modern innovation and are hugely popular, many researches are going on to improve this technology day by day. In recent past, manufacturers have come up with two different types of tankless water heaters and we are going to discuss about them below.
The two major types of water heater are the – Small unit tankless water heater and large unit (whole house) water heater.
The small unit tankless water heater is suitable for an average home while the larger unit water heater is best for industries, hotels, and resorts.
Pro and cons of a tankless water heater
- Tankless water heater is more portable when compared to the traditional water heater with a tank.
- An on-demand water heater can produce hot water endlessly.
- A tankless water heater can last up to 20 years, while traditional water heater with a tank can only last from 9-14 years.
- Tankless water heater cannot supply large quantity of hot water at a time.
- They are very expensive
- They require maintenance