Are Electric Tankless Water Heater Worth It?

Do electric water heaters use a lot of electricity?

One of the most common water heaters, electric water heaters have presented themselves as a reliable form of heating the water coming into homes across the country. With several advantages over traditional water heaters like tanked water heaters, the tankless system grew in popularity and became a modern improvement for homeowners. When getting a tankless water heater, residents often realize their water heating improves by a wide margin thanks to the on-demand nature the electric system applies as opposed to a tank that is heated. Furthermore, after installation the improvements the system brings to the home can almost be noticed instantly. 

Versus other water heaters traditional and modern, all an electric water heater runs on is electricity. While it can be said for certain a larger system will use more electricity, it cannot be absolutely stated as a matter of fact what the price upfront and monthly would be unless you were to speak with a technician on the subject of the exact model. However, it can be agreed upon that the system helps modernize your home and makes it far more efficient with the water you use. To get the best electric hot water heater services in Sherman Oaks, CA, trust SAL Plumbing and Rooter Inc.. Call (818) 975-2131 today to set up an appointment.

How do you know a Water Heater is Going bad?

Like other parts of your home that either defend it or service it, there tends to be a lifespan. The same is true for a water heater, which when needing a replacement will show signs that require attention. When it is time to replace your old water heater and perhaps get a newer electric water heater, the signs of the former may appear in the form of:

  • Rust in the water
  • Excessive noise or rumbling from the water heater
  • Leaking occurring constantly
  • Lack of hot water

For the best answer overall, if your water heater still has the manufacturer’s label then one can simply by looking up the serial number. Most traditional water heaters last between eight to twelve years while an electric water heater will last ten to fifteen years on average. While being able to pass twenty years of age and still work, it is recommended that a person start being more aware of problems arising at ten years of age. Signs of needing a replacement are similar to those above, being that the water heater is connected to your water and will need a replacement when showing similar signs. When well cared for, a person can get a long lifespan out of their water heater and enjoy it for decades.

What is the Downside of a Tankless Water Heater?

Aside from the initial upfront cost of installation and needing a slight amount of space around them, electric water heaters are known for having a few disadvantages and several advantages to them as a system that widely improve your home. Being one of the most improved systems for a home, the water heater does not take up as much room as a tanked water heater would do to being far smaller in form. Other benefits include:

  • Far lower risk of leaking
  • All around safer
  • As mentioned: longer lifespan
  • Quick activation for hot water
  • Does not require venting

When it comes to saving money by fully turning off the system, that is a possibility, but with a requirement. Take care to use caution when turning off your hot water heater so that it does not cause any sort of minor or major damage to your plumbing system. While it will assist in saving on the energy bills, it is not recommended until you carry out the right process which should be found through consulting your plumber for the best route on how to do so.

Can a Water Heater Explode?

While a rare occurrence often caused by a malfunction or by constantly setting the pressure too high, it is remotely possible for your hot water heater to explode. The more common, but still rare happening is with gas heated water heaters due to the gas. When a gas leak is present, the ignition flame may light the gas aflame and be the source of a damaging explosion that will possibly send the hot water heater on a projection instead of bursting on the spot due to how it is built. A way gas and electric water heaters will explode on the spot or rocket off is if the water pressure builds up to dangerous levels. However, it should be understood that with how both modern gas and electric water heaters are built that is a highly unlikely threat. The reason being is that modern water heating systems tend to release the pressure or shut down to some degree before getting too dangerous of levels. With either water heater, trust professional plumbers and installers like those found at SAL Plumbing and Rooter Inc. to carry out water heater services while also educating you further on them. Call our main location in Sherman Oaks, CA at (818) 975-2131 to set up an appointment.