When your current water heater is on its last legs you may want to use the opportunity to switch over to a tankless water heater. If you aren't very familiar with tankless water heaters, then review the information below in order to further your understanding of them, as well as some of the positive aspects of having one installed in your home.
Tankless water heaters work efficiently
Your tankless water heater begins working for you the moment you turn on the hot water tap. When you do, a flow sensor will detect the presence of water and signal the control panel to heat the water. A fan will turn on that causes air to be brought in from outside, and this causes the gas valve to open so gas comes in and then the burner ignites.
Heat will be captured by the water heater's heat exchanger, and that heat will be transferred to the incoming water. The water will exit at a very hot temperature, but the system's mixing apparatus will ensure that the water will be at the desired temperature when it exits the system.
Tankless water heaters offer you numerous great benefits
Since there is no tank with a tankless unit, the unit is small enough to be bracketed directly to a wall or they can be placed on the floor where they will still take up much less room than a regular water heater.
The design and components of tankless water heaters makes them more durable, more dependable, and easier to maintain. There will also be no need for anyone to come out to drain a tank of sediment, since there will be no tank.
Tankless water heaters don't hold a tank-full of water and proactively heat that water even when it isn't necessary. This means that a tankless one is going to be much easier on your utility bills. Instead of trying to predict your hot water usage, you will tell your water heater when you need hot water, and then it will quickly respond and bring you that hot water for less cost and less wear and tear on the system.
If you live in a cold region, then you also get the benefit of a system that's easier to winterize when you are going to be gone away for a while. Instead of going through the entire process of draining an entire water heater before closing up the house until you return, you can instead drain a tankless one in just a few minutes and then simply unplug it until you get back home.
For more information, contact a local tankless water heater installation service.