Is your home equipped with a tankless water heater, or are you considering installing a tankless unit? Our Columbia water heater technicians know tankless heaters inside and out and can help you repair, install, and replace your unit with ease. We have compiled some common questions regarding tankless heaters to help you choose the right unit and diagnose any issues you may be facing. If you have any further questions that are not listed here, please feel free to contact us online today and we would be happy to help address your concerns.
What is a tankless heater?
Tankless water heaters are compact, electric- or gas-powered heating units that can provide an unlimited amount of hot water by instantly heating water on demand. Unlike traditional units, tankless units do not have to continuously keep a large reservoir of water heated and are much more energy efficient.
Can I install a tankless unit in the same place as my old tank heater?
Yes, though this will depend on the fittings that are pre-installed in your home. If you have a traditional gas-powered tank heater and you wish to switch to an electric tankless model, you will need to retrofit the space to accommodate for the new required hookups. It is generally recommended to stay consistent to keep installation costs low.
What are the benefits of tankless heaters?
Tankless heaters require much less energy to operate and can cost about 40% less to operate month-to-month. Additionally, tankless heaters never run out of hot water, while traditional heaters can only output as much hot water as the size of their tanks. Tankless units last longer, have more precise temperature control, and can be installed in locations where a traditional unit simply would not fit.
What are the cons of tankless heaters?
Despite a tankless heater’s efficiency and small carbon footprint, a tankless unit may not be able to meet the needs of individuals and families who require large amounts of water in a short period of time. For example, a tankless unit may struggle to output enough hot water to allow you to run the dishwasher, shower, and do a load of laundry at the same time. For this reason, tankless units make much more sense for single residents or smaller families. Tankless units also have a higher up-front cost, though they cost less to run over time.
How do I maintain my tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters must be periodically flushed in order to clear out sediment and lime that can build up over time in their heat exchangers. It is recommended you flush your system on a semi-annual basis to ensure your unit operates at maximum efficiency and protect against permanent damage. Some units include a warning indicator that will alert you when it is time for a flush.
If you are looking to install, repair, or replace a tankless water heater in your home, look no further than the knowledgeable Columbia water heater technicians at Plumbing Solutions, LLC. With 24-hour emergency water heater services and warranties on all of our services, we can provide the premier-quality workmanship you need at a price you’ll love.
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