Tankless Water Heaters
Water Heaters, also called Instantaneous or Demand Water Heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. Traditional storage water heaters produce standby energy losses that cost you money. We do not leave our homes heated while vacationing. We only heat our homes when there is a demand for heat. In the same way, a Tankless Water Heater is used only when there is a demand for hot water.
Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, that is, the hot water flows from the faucet almost immediately when you turn it on an unending supply of hot water is at your command. These instant water heaters are also known as ‘on demand’ water heaters. Because of their quick results and because they produce hot water only when requested as opposed to having to constantly heat and store the water in a conventional storage tank water heater, which heats the water twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Tankless water heaters have been in use in Europe for a long time and they don’t waste energy, called ‘standby heat loss’ which occurs in storage tank water heaters by having to constantly heat water all day and store it for use. Tankless water heaters are “off” most of the time and simply transfers heat to the water when some one requests hot water. The actual heat exchanger can be an electrical coil or a gas fired burner. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. In an electric Tankless Water Heater an electric element heats the water. In a gas-fired Tankless Water Heater a gas burner heats the water. As a result, Tankless Water Heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. Typically, Tankless Water Heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2 – 5 gallons (7.6 – 15.2 liters) per minute. Typically, gas-fired Tankless Water Heaters will produce higher flow rates than electric Tankless Water Heaters. Some smaller Tankless Water Heaters, however, cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. For example, taking a shower and running the dishwasher at the same time can stretch a Tankless Water Heater to its limit. To overcome this problem, you can install a “whole house” type Tankless Water Heater or install two or more Tankless Water Heaters, connected in parallel for simultaneous demands of hot water. You can also install separate Tankless Water Heaters for appliances—such as a clothes washer or dishwater—that use a lot of hot water in your home.
Tankless water heaters can make life more comfortable and convenient. Smaller units can be installed at point of use areas, such as bathroom sinks, showers, washing machines, etc., or larger tankless water heaters can be installed as whole house water heaters. These whole house units are still quite small compared to the old storage tank water heater and they provide as much hot water as your home and family will need.
The most important thing when installing a tankless water heater is hiring the right company to do it. That last thing you want to do is have someone unqualified take out the tank style water heater and slap in a tankless water heater. Special steps and preparation by our expert technicians like sizing your gas, replacing and installing proper venting, and placing it in the right location are taken into consideration. All of our CPR techs are specially trained and educated to ensure that your new tankless water heater goes in smoothly and the job is done right the first time!
Other applications for Tankless Water Heaters include the following:
- Remote BBQ or outdoor sink
- Poolhouse or pool shower
- Remote bathrooms or hot tubs
- To serve as a booster, eliminating long pipe runs, for solar water heating systems, dishwashers and sanitation.
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