"Not all families are the same size and not and this does not benefit everybody, so these are what we call the Cadillac of your home and if you're going to be putting in a tankless water heater it is usually for a home that's got a large family."
- Bob Muller, Plumbing Expert
This questions comes up all the time at Check A Pro from listeners of the show! Is the tankless water heater the right water heater for me? If just may be what you need for your home. If you want an endless supply of hot water, these tankless water heaters can do the trick!
Hear what plumbing expert Bob Muller, from Personal Plumbing has to say about them right here on the show...
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Podcast Episode Transcription:
Not all families are the same size and not and this does not benefit everybody, so these are what we call the Cadillac of your home and if you're going to be putting in a tankless water heater it is usually for a home that's got a large family. This is the check a pro radio show check a pro Joe has assembled a team of pre-qualified home service contractors to bring you the latest in services products and techniques now here's your host the man with a hard hat and tool belt checker pro Joe years ago here in our country there was really only one way to heat your water besides boiling it on the stove and that is with what's called a tank water heater those they're generally white and they're you know 304050 gallons and they hold water that heats up and it supplies hot water years ago in Europe they started to experiment with something called tankless and it's come to the US and we've had it here probably for 20 years but it's becoming more and more prevalent so I wanted to ask Bob Mueller about the differences between the old tanks and the new tankless water heaters he's from personal plumbing Bob how are you doing great Joe hey thanks for having me and that's a great question thanks for having that question yeah so years ago in Europe they started with this it finally came over here in North America and is becoming more and more popular why should someone get into the newer technology versus the older tank yeah so that's a great question and of course I always say that you know in whenever you're deciding on a tankless over a tank water heater you really got to determine what's best for your family and of course not all families are the same size and not and this does not benefit everybody so these are what we call the Cadillac of your home and if you're going to be putting in a tank water heater it is usually formal on this guy a large family and I've been running out of hot water so this is the first question I always asked my clients is are you currently running out of hot water and if you are you really only have one other option if you're going to go back to a tank water heater which is put in a bigger tank but if that's not an option then really your only option at that point is to go to what we call an on demand tankless water heater which doesn't mean you're gonna get instantaneous hot water it means that it gives you and delivers hot water unlimited on demand as long as that is size appropriately for your house not all people are going to be best candidates for tankless water heater because they are expensive you know for the upfront cost of it and they do need to be maintained so and you really gotta have a qualified person to know how to work on these on these water heaters they're not the same as your tank water heaters a lot of differences but you but the first question you should just ask yourself are you currently running out of hot water and then we can get into more specifics of what would be best for you and I do know there's some other great advantages they take up less space they can often be installed on the exterior of the home as well and so there's just a lot of options but you have to have the right fuel source for it and so forth it's become a lot easier though over the past few years because years ago they were very strict on the amount of gas if you're using gas to fire yes that's correct and of course it's not you know energy savings isn't always the biggest reason for doing these because when you're going from a you know 30 or 40 gallon water heater even a 50 gallon water heater and you're using a 40 or 50,000 BTU source of water and then you're taking it to 199,000 BTU use from a tankless water heater and you've got that thing firing all day long you're 199,000 BTU's is using a lot of fuel so sometimes you're not really saving energy so you don't think that you're saving energy just you know it's really going to be determined based on the size of your home and how much water consumption you're using it can be an energy saver depending on if you're smaller home you're not using a lot of hot water Bob thank you so much Bob Mueller from personal plumbing all of his contact information is in the description of this podcast thank you Joe check a Pro is your local source for pre-qualified contractors stay tuned for more of the check a pro radio show.