Tankless Water Heater Services
Tankless water heaters have been growing in popularity, and have a laundry list of perks to back up their worth. Also known as ‘on-demand’ or ‘instant water heaters’, tankless water heaters are recognized for their eco-friendly attributes, lasting power and cost-effective characteristics. These spatially conscious water heaters can be an excellent long-term investment, depending on the size of your home and family.
To maintain a constant supply of hot water, traditional tank-style water heaters use energy to reheat the existing water in the tank. This can come at quite the expense to the homeowner. However, tankless water heaters do not use a large tank to store excess water when it’s not in use. Rather, they heat the water as it cycles through the tankless system. Meaning you have access to a limitless stream of hot water
One concern that consumers may have is the upfront cost of installing a tankless water heater. This shouldn’t discourage you from buying one though. The savings add up quickly. When you factor in the little-to-no maintenance and longer life expectancy, it is easy to see why people are choosing tankless water heaters over traditional units, especially for new-construction homes.
If you already have a traditional water heater, switching to tankless can incur additional expenditures. But for those building a new home or addition, going tankless makes a lot of sense. New construction tankless water heater installation is far less costly because it requires little to no retrofitting.
Why Go Tankless?
- Savings – While the savings are undeniable, they are long term, not immediate. From gas to electricity, tankless water heaters simply use less energy, thus saving you money over the years. The cost of operating a tankless water heater varies from model to model. Be sure to ask your plumber about how much gas the pilot light uses. Tankless water heaters that use an intermittent ignition device (IID) are designed so that the pilot light isn’t always on, saving you even more money. This feature would act like a gas stove, only igniting when it’s in use. If the model you are thinking about purchasing has a standing pilot light, you do have the option of manually turning it off when it’s not being used, which is another way you can reduce costs. Tankless water heaters that use gas can save you about $110 in energy costs per year. While electric tankless water heaters aim to save you roughly $45 per year. That isn’t an exceptional windfall of money, but when you calculate that over the course of 20 years, it is upwards of $2,000 in savings.
- Energy Efficiency – The main advantage of tankless water heaters is that they are energy efficient and can save you money in the long run. But the actual breakdown depends on how much water your household uses. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless water heaters can be between 10% and 50% more energy efficient than tank-style water heaters. Full-tank water heaters are pulling energy around the clock to ensure that there is always hot water on deck when you need it. Logically speaking, this is a flawed approach. On-demand water heaters warm water as it passes through the unit and delivers the heated water directly to you, making for a much more efficient system. By only heating the water that is needed, when it’s needed, tankless water heaters don’t experience the constant loss of heat that storage water heaters require.
- Space Saver – The difference in size is obvious at first glance, much less the name being a glaring indicator as to which unit is smaller. Tankless, or on-demand water heaters, function without a storage tank. Therefore the housing of the unit is dramatically smaller than that of a tank water heater.
- Life Expectancy – In the world of water heaters, going tankless will get you 20+ years of continuous use. This puts them at the top of the list for longevity. Other water heaters, whether it be traditional tank heaters and heat pumps, max-out at about 15 years. Solar water heaters will last 20 years, but are much more expensive to install, making tankless water heaters the better choice.
- Safety – In this case, the truth doesn’t hurt. Tankless water heaters actually are far safer than their clunky predecessors. Traditional water heaters are always at risk of exploding, not to mention the potential of them leaking gas if they are not properly installed. Tank style water heaters corrode over time as well. Which makes sense because they are constantly holding water in their tanks. Through the years this can lead to rust and minerals collecting in the tank. Eventually those harsh materials make their way into the water lines, exposing you and your family to heavy metals and harmful toxins. Lastly, tankless units allow for more control over the maximum temperature of the water. This puts children and elderly people at less risk of getting burned if they accidentally turn the valve too high when showering.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
Unlike their heftier counterpart, tankless water heaters don’t require a tank, hence the name. Instead of storing water in a tank and continuously heating it with a pilot light, tankless water heaters siphon cold water through the system and heat it in real time.
Depending on which tankless water heater you choose, you can heat water by way of gas-fired burner or electric coils. This enables tankless water heaters to offer an endless supply of hot water to a household because it is repeatedly cycling water past the heating coils and dispersing it throughout your home. There is no need to wait for your storage tank to fill up with hot water before washing your clothes or taking a shower.
Although tankless water heaters can provide a limitless supply of hot water, they do have limits on the output and volume. You may have to adjust the way you balance chores and bathroom time as a result.
For example, you may not be able to have the dishwasher running at the same time someone is showering, as the unit can only supply so much hot water at any given time. If you stagger your usage, this should be an afterthought. Another solution is to install multiple, single-point tankless units throughout the household to accommodate different appliances and personal uses.
Tankless Water Heater Installation & Replacement
Now that we’ve established that tankless water heaters operate by only heating the water that is currently being used, let’s take a closer look at the two basic ways they can be installed to accommodate your home or business.
- Single point – This is the least expensive route, and fairly easy to install. Single point tankless units are installed no more than 50 feet away from the water source that needs to be heated. The average cost for an electric, single point unit is around $1,300-1,500 installed, as opposed to the $3,500 cost of a whole house tankless unit. The hot water output of a single point tankless water heater is about .5 to 2 gallons per minute, so always consider your needs before settling on which tankless water heater to install.
- Whole house – Everyone loves a good ol’ home improvement project, but whole house tankless water heater installation or replacement shouldn’t be tackled without a licensed plumber present. Whole house tankless units are more costly, but are capable of heating water throughout an entire home, within reason. These tankless water heaters need to be installed near an exterior wall so they can reach the vent for gas units, but there is some flexibility to where it is mounted. This option will yield about 5-10 gallons of hot water per minute. The tankless water heater installation experts at Detour Plumbing will be able to help you gage your usage and provide you with the best option for your household and needs.
Emergency 24-Hour Water Heater Repairs
When water heaters go awry, it can cause quite the mess. Without professional help you could have a sizeable flood on your hands. Detour Plumbing offers expert emergency water heater repairs for both traditional water heaters and tankless water heaters. If your hot water isn’t working, you smell gas, or maybe you hear odd noises coming from the room where your water heater is housed, it may be a good time to call Detour Plumbing. We can be there in an instant to troubleshoot your problem, assess the extent of the repairs, and offer you an upfront quote to get you back up and running.
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