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Tankless Water Heaters in Chicago, IL
For many decades, the only option when it came to residential water heaters was the tank variety. Tank water heaters are still around, and still have their benefits, but they are no longer the only option if you’re in the market for a new system. If you’re looking for a new water heater, consider installing a tankless system.
Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling installs, repairs, maintains, and replaces tankless water heaters throughout Chicago, IL. If you need tankless water heater services of any kind, call today to set up an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll make sure that you’re completely satisfied with your system.
Tank vs Tankless
When considering installing a new water heater, many people struggle with which type they should choose: tank or tankless. Neither type is objectively "better" than the other; it all depends on your individual situation. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the differences between these two systems.
- Tank Water Heaters: Tank water heaters make use of a large storage tank, which they use to maintain a standing supply of hot water. Tank water heaters operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in order to make sure that hot water is always available whenever it is needed. While this is certainly convenient, it also wastes a fair amount of energy on an annual basis by keeping water unnecessarily heated.
- Tankless Water Heaters: Tankless water heaters attempt to remedy the disadvantages of using a tank water heater, without losing output. A tankless water heater uses a heat exchanger to heat water on the way to its destination, rather than using a storage tank to keep hot water at all times. The tankless water heater only turns on when it is needed, and turns off when demand subsides. This saves quite a bit of energy over the course of a year. The disadvantage to a tankless water heater is that there is a slight delay between when you call for hot water and when it arrives at the faucet.
Maintaining Your Tankless Water Heater
As with any other system, keeping your tankless water in shape is an important part of making sure that you get maximum return on it. There are two ways you can do this. First, make absolutely sure to schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. This ensures that your technician can find and fix problems before they have a chance to develop far enough to damage the system. You can save thousands of dollars in repair costs by doing this at least once a year.
As beneficial as preventive maintenance services are, though, they can’t possibly stop any and all problems from happening. If you have your tankless water heater long enough, sooner or later the wear and tear from normal use will cause problems. If and when you notice a problem with your tankless water heater, call for repairs immediately. The faster you can get the system repaired, the better off it will be in the long run. Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling offers tankless water heater installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement services throughout Chicago, IL.