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Things to know about tankless water heater systems

Things to know about tankless water heater systems

In our previous blog post we talked about replacing a tank-based water heater with a tankless system.  This type of technology can be great for certain types of households, but they won’t work in every home.

The basics

The water heater is among the first household appliances that people become familiar with. When you were a child, did you ever flush a toiled while someone was in a shower, only to hear that person scream because the water suddenly went from hot to cold?

Do you remember a time when you had a house full of guests, and that by the time the last person decided to take a shower, there was no hot water left in the tank?

Water heaters are responsible for holding large quantities of water and keeping them warm / hot for when that water is needed. It holds hot water for dishes, laundry and for baths / showers. One of the biggest downfalls of a tank-based water heater is that they don’t hold unlimited supplies of hot water. A second downside is that should the tank fail, and start to leak, a homeowner will find themselves in the middle of a very large mess and in some cases, some very expensive floor / drywall repairs, depending on the extent of the leak.

Tankless systems

A tankless water heater system can be powered by gas or electric, which means they can be installed in most households without much fuss.

Instead of storing large quantities of hot water, it heats water on demand. When someone turns hot water on in the bathroom, the laundry or the kitchen, the water will be directed to the tankless system where it will be heated before it reaches its final destination.

Since water is heated on demand, you’ll never need to worry about a shortage of hot water. You also won’t need to worry about a tank failing and flooding a room, since this system doesn’t have a storage tank.


As we mentioned earlier, tankless systems are a great choice for some, but not all households.

Depending on the system you choose, if your system runs using natural gas, you may not be able to run the dryer and have hot water in your shower at the same time.  Some clients have reported not being able to run two showers at the same time.

There are ways, however, to mitigate these types of problems, provided the right system is installed. When you contact our company, we can schedule a time for one of our technicians to come to your home to see if this type of system will work with your household.

Experts you can trust

If you need to replace your current water heater or you’re simply thinking about upgrading what you already have, call Redline Heating today at 970-663-6575 to speak with a local tankless water heater expert you can trust.


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