We are northern New Jersey’s experts in tankless electric water heater installation, maintenance, and repair, serving the greater Bergen County, NJ area.
Electric tankless water heaters:
- Save space – storage tank water heaters take up to 10 square feet of floor space; a tankless electric water heater can be mounted on a wall inside or outside the home.
- Provide an endless supply of hot water.
- Use less energy because there is no heat loss from stored water & no need to re-heat water while it is being stored.
- Have a smaller carbon footprint due to less energy use.
- Save money on energy costs.
- Have a much longer life cycle than storage tank water heaters and need to be replaced less often.
Tankless electric water heaters, sometimes referred to as “on demand” electric water heaters, are fairly new to the US market but are rapidly growing in popularity. First introduced in this country around 15 – 20 years ago, this type of water heater has been in use in Europe and Japan for many years and is the most common type of water heater in many countries where people live in smaller homes. The much smaller amount of space electric tankless water heaters occupy is one of the primary reasons for their popularity, but they have other advantages as well. Those other advantages are the reason tankless electric water heaters are rapidly growing in popularity in the US, where space is less of a concern.
What is a “tankless” electric water heater?
“Tankless” merely refers to the lack of a large storage tank for pre-heated water. Unlike the tank-style water heaters you’re familiar with, a tankless electric water heater lacks the large 30 – 60 gallon water storage tank where water is heated and kept warm until it is needed. In a storage tank heater, a heating element in the tank heats incoming cold water and comes on from time to time to keep the water warmed to a set temperature, so when you turn on the shower, there is a quantity of pre-heated water ready to use. Electric tankless water heaters, by comparison, lack the large storage tank for pre-heated water – in a tankless electric water heater, cold water enters the unit and is rapidly heated whenever hot water is called for. Aside from taking up far less space than a traditional tank-style water heater, this ability to rapidly heat cold water is one of the biggest benefits of electric tankless water heaters, because they never run out of hot water. If you’ve ever been the last person to shower in the morning, after all of the pre-heated water in the tank has been used, you can easily see the advantage of a tankless electric water heater that heats water rapidly whenever a hot water tap is turned on.
This rapid-heating feature is the reason electric tankless water heaters are also sometimes called on-demand electric water heaters, because they only heat the water “on demand” whenever a hot water tap is opened. Don’t be confused by the “on-demand” description – an electric tankless water heater will NOT deliver hot water to the tap more quickly than any other type of water heater, as people sometimes mistakenly believe. The amount of time it takes for hot water to reach the tap is controlled by the distance between the heater, whatever its type, and the hot water tap. If your bathroom is on the opposite end of the house from the water heater, hot water will not reach the tap until all of the cold water in the line between the tap and the water heater has been drained, regardless of whether you have a storage tank water heater or a tankless electric water heater.
Other advantages of electric tankless water heaters
Aside from taking up less space and an endless supply of hot water, tankless electric water heaters use less energy than their storage tank counterparts. According to the US Department of Energy, an electric tankless water heater uses 24% – 34% less energy than a conventional electric storage tank water heater for households using up to 41 gallons of hot water per day and can save around $100 per year on energy costs. In addition to energy cost savings, less energy use translates into a smaller carbon footprint for tankless electric water heaters. And while the initial cost for an electric tankless water heater including installation can be up to 3 times the cost of installing an electric storage tank water heater, tankless models need to be replaced far less frequently. While the expected service life of a storage tank water heater is only around 10 years, a tankless electric water heater will continue to operate for 20+ years, more than completely offsetting the higher initial cost through a longer life cycle and energy savings. Finally, electric tankless water heaters eliminate all possibility of tank failure, which can release a large quantity of water and damage floors and other parts of your home.
If your existing water heater has failed or is nearing the end of its service life and you are not planning to move from your home in the near future, an electric tankless water heater may be the right choice for you, offering you more space, an endless supply of hot water, energy savings, and a long service life. We can guide you in selecting the best and most economical tankless electric water heater for your needs and provide you with the best in professional installation in northern New Jersey.