Seattle Plumbing Tankless Hot Water Heaters - Info
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There are some benefits to replacing your conventional water heater with a modern tankless unit and some trade-offs. Tankless water heaters can be more cost effective, offer continuous hot water, and are a little greener with fuel. Tankless water heaters are not for everybody though. Most of us should stick to tank type hot water heaters.
Many customers find our site because they need to replace a conventional storage type water heater and have heard about modern on-demand water heaters. Tankless water heaters are rapidly growing in popularity because it is claimed that they offer performance and cost benefits over their conventional counterparts. We do not subscribe to these claims without qualification.
Some Advertisement Claims:
- Save Money in Utility Bills - You will save on your bill up to 25-30% (not necessarily)
- Tankless waters are more energy efficient than conventional heaters because they heat water as it is needed.(True, but maintenance costs are much higher).
- Save Space (True) Tankless water heaters are considerably smaller than storage type water heaters. An average conventional heater is about 60" tall, 22" wide, and 22" deep. The average tankless water is about 25" tall, 14" wide; and 10" deep. Tankless water heaters are generally wall mounted which can save even more space.
- Continuous Hot Water (true if sized properly but if your tank is sized properly with recovery rate calculated, the net effect is the same)
- Maximum Cost Efficiency (Not usually so if machine cost and maintenance is factored in)
- Environment Friendly/Green Technology (They still burn fossil fuels and may be a little less carbon generating - but you will pay for the difference in greenbacks)
- Federal Tax Credit - $300 Federal Tax Credit On January 2, 2012, President Obama signed legislation which included provisions to retroactively reinstate the 25C tax credits for highly efficient HVAC and water heating equipment that expired at the end of 2011. Specifically, the bill extends the tax credits that expired in 2011 from January 1, 2012, until December 31, 2013, for qualified equipment listed in Section 25C of the Internal Revenue Code. Because the credits were made retroactive to January 1, 2012, they can be used for qualified equipment that was installed any time after December 31, 2011 thru December 31, 2013. (Keep in mind that the average quality whole house tankless conversion costs about $4000 typically).
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