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Is an Instahot Water Heater Right for You? What You Need to Know Before Installing

Instahot water heaters, also known as tankless water heaters, have become a popular solution for many homeowners seeking instant hot water on demand. While the benefits of these systems are undeniable, there's a crucial consideration that often gets overlooked: the electrical capacity of your home.

At Gloudeman Electric, we've encountered numerous instances where homeowners rush into installing an instahot water heater without considering the electrical implications. We'll share a story that underscores the importance of having your electrical system assessed before making the switch.

A few months ago, we received a call from a distressed homeowner experiencing frequent breaker tripping and electrical issues. Upon arriving at the property, we discovered that they had recently installed an instahot water heater. However, upon inspection, it was evident that their electrical panel was unable to handle the increased amperage demands of the new appliance.

This scenario is not uncommon. Instahot water heaters draw a significant amount of power, often requiring substantial electrical capacity. Without proper assessment and potentially upgrading your electrical panel first, you could be setting yourself up for a host of problems, including frequent breaker trips, overheating, and even electrical hazards.

Now, let's delve into the benefits of instahot water heaters.

  1. Endless Hot Water: Unlike traditional water heaters that store hot water in a tank, instahot water heaters heat water on demand, providing a continuous supply of hot water for your household needs.

  2. Energy Efficiency: Instahot water heaters only heat water when needed, eliminating standby heat loss common in traditional tank heaters. This efficiency can lead to lower energy bills over time.

  3. Space Saving: Tankless water heaters are compact and can be installed in smaller spaces, freeing up valuable square footage in your home.

  4. Longevity: With proper maintenance, instahot water heaters can have a longer lifespan compared to traditional tank heaters, reducing the need for frequent replacements.

While these benefits are enticing, it's crucial to approach the decision to install an instahot water heater with caution. Before making any commitments, consult with a licensed electrician to assess your home's electrical capacity. Upgrading your electrical system, if necessary, ensures a safe and seamless transition to your new water heating solution.

At Gloudeman Electric, we're committed to ensuring the safety and satisfaction of our customers. We can assess your electrical system, recommend necessary upgrades, and run the electrical for your instahot water heater with precision and care.

In conclusion, while instahot water heaters offer numerous benefits, they're not a one-size-fits-all solution. Before taking the plunge, consult with an electrician to ensure your home is equipped to handle the electrical demands of this modern convenience. Don't let electrical issues dampen the joy of instant hot water—let us help you make the switch safely and seamlessly.

Andrew Gloudeman

Lead Electrician

Gloudeman Electric, LLC

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