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Blog Title: Cost to install on demand hot water heater

Main Que: How much does it cost to install an on demand water heater?

  • Category: Electric Water Heater Prices
  • Query By: JUDITH COOPER (Lawrence, KS)
  • Date: 03/29/2014

Answer: "Though you may be really allured by the advantages a tankless water heater provides, the first and most important thing you should research is the cost of the instant hot water heater. Do be able to economically determine the cost of the system; you need to have an equation that involves the upfront charge of the system and the operating cost of it. Unlike tank water heaters, the operating cost for tankless water heaters are comparatively low. Tankless hot water heaters are almost 23% more efficient when compared to the traditional water heaters. This means that you will be spending less energy when using these systems and hence as a result, saving money. What happens with tank water heaters is that they have to spend energy constantly to keep the hot water in the tank, HOT. Yes, your tank water heater uses a good amount of money/energy to keep heating the unused water so as to keep it ready for anyone who may have a use for it. On top of that, you lose good amount of heat. Although the tanks are insulated, no system can prevent heat loss, and hence as a result, you will lose heat and require constant reheating. Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, instantaneously when you need it, so you don't have to waste energy heating unused water. You're also not losing heat that's idly sitting in a tank. On top of that, for the maintenance of the system, you would need to flush the tank every 12 to 18 months, and for that, all you would need is 3 gallons of cheap vinegar, water pump and some hoses. Hence, it would not be as expensive. With tank water heaters, the sedimentation may be a bit more expensive to maintain. But this may vary depending on the situation. Maintenance cost for tank water heater may be less then tankless water heater depending on the scenario. Although you may save money on tankless water heater on a long run, the upfront cost for the system is quite high. An average tankless water heaters cost $800 to $1,150, compared with $300 to $480 for the regular storage-tank types. Tankless models need electrical outlets for their fan and electronics, upgraded gas pipes, and a new ventilation system. That can bring average installation costs to $1,200, compared with $300 for storage-tank models. And these prices may even go up to $3000 for a gas-powered whole house model. Now given the fact that the tankless water heaters save money on the long run, if you plug in the amount of money they save you ever year, which would be around 70 to 100 bucks, you might not break even for a while. In some situations, you might never break even. Furthermore, in some situations, you might break even sooner then you may think. This all depends on the location you are located and your usage. Hence before you decide to jump into the world of tankless water heater, do make sure to have a good idea of how much you are investing and saving."

  • Replied By: LEROY DEAN (Waukesha, WI)
  • Replied Date: 04/02/2014