Many homes are now adapting to tankless water heaters. Whether a homeowner wants to avoid the maintenance and risks associated with a standard tanked water heater or they simply have unique needs in their home, tankless water heaters can be great alternatives for residential water heating. Some advantages to tankless water heaters include:
- Provide hot water on demand.
- Fit in small spaces.
- Longer lifespan than tanked systems.
Unlike tanked systems, tankless water heaters don’t store hot water for future use. Instead, they heat the water on demand and as needed. Homeowners may find a decrease in their energy bills switching to a tankless system since their water heater no longer has to reheat the water in a tank to be ready at a moment’s notice. Tankless systems also often last much longer than typical tanked water heaters, so the upfront cost of a tankless system may be balanced out over time by the longevity of the system and continual energy savings from month to month.
How do tankless water heaters work?
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than standard water heater tanks. They are typically mounted on the wall of your utility room or closet. When a homeowner turns on a hot water faucet (or runs the dishwasher or washing machine), the tankless water heater begins the process of heat transfer as the water runs through the unit. Depending on the hookups in your home, gas or electric will provide the heat for the heat transfer.
With a tankless water heater, you don’t have to worry about your tank running out of hot water for your various needs, or wait until it heats the water again to enjoy a warm shower. It heats the water when you need it for however long you need it.
Of course, if you are running multiple appliances at once, a single tankless water heater might not supply enough hot water to fill each need. To overcome this, you can choose to have multiple tankless water heaters installed and meet all of your household demands.
Since tankless water heaters are small, multiple units can often easily fit in the place where your tank used to be located. A technician can help you determine if there is enough ventilation space to properly serve both units.
Maintenance Requirements for Tankless Water Heaters
Just like a water heater tank, a tankless unit requires regular maintenance to run effectively and efficiently year after year. A once per year tune-up can help tankless systems last up to 20 years. Places with hard water may want to schedule more than one maintenance check per year to ensure maximum usefulness.
During a maintenance check, your technician will remove sediment buildup from around the heat exchangers, helping it maintain efficiency and last longer. If your system goes too long between maintenance checks, the mineral buildup can affect the overall functioning of the unit and you may need to call us for tankless water heater repair when the system becomes overloaded or stops working.
If your system isn’t supplying any hot water at all, then your heat exchangers may have failed. These can be repaired or replaced fairly easy. Lack of hot water could also mean there is an issue with the supply of gas, minimum water flow rate, ventilation, or temperature setting. If you aren’t sure why your tankless system isn’t properly heating, call a professional for immediate service.
If the number of people living in your house has increased since your tankless water heater installation, or your hot water needs have changed, then you may need to upgrade to a higher capacity model or install a second unit. Don’t be frustrated by your lack of hot water any longer. Call us to learn more about your tankless water heater options.
Eventually, you will need to replace your tankless unit with a new one. Your tankless unit should last about 20 years if you have performed regular maintenance checks. When it is time for a tankless replacement, call our experts for professional and quality service.
If you think a tankless water heater is right for your home, schedule a consultation with one of our trusted professionals before your current system needs replacement. They will inspect your space and recommend the best models to fit your hot water needs and budget so you can be ready when the time comes for a new water heater. See how you can save money and maintain comfort in your home by going tankless today.