When Consumer Reports conducted its first round of tankless water heater testing back in 2008, the publication found that the units didn’t always live up to their promises, especially as replacements for conventional water heaters. But tankless water heaters have come a long way in just seven years. “Many of the tankless water heaters on display at the recent Design & Construction Week trade show claim to address those early growing pains,” the magazine reports. The article takes a closer look at the improvements, including updates that speed installation, make water temperature more consistent, and reduce maintenance requirements.

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