Metro Vancouver Tankless Water HeatersHow They Work and Why You Need One
Are you tired of running out of hot water during your shower? Are you tired of waiting for your old water heater to heat up before you can take a bath? If so, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. In this plumbing service overview, The Moe's Pros will cover everything you need to know about tankless water heaters, including how they work, their benefits, and how to choose the right one for your home.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
A tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand water heater, is a type of water heater that heats water as needed rather than storing hot water in a tank. When you turn on a hot water faucet, cold water enters the unit and is heated by a heating element or a gas burner. The hot water flows out of the unit and into your faucet or showerhead. Unlike traditional hot water tank heaters, which store hot water in a big tank, tankless water heaters provide a continuous supply of hot water on demand.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
Tankless water heaters work by heating water as it passes through the unit. When you turn on a hot faucet, cold water enters the unit and flows over a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger heats the water to the desired temperature, and the hot water then flows out of the unit and into your faucet or showerhead.
There are two types of tankless water heaters: electric and gas. Electric tankless water heaters use an electric heating element to heat the water, while gas tankless water heaters use a gas burner to heat the water.
Benefits of Tankless Water HeatersSome of the Pros of Tankless Water Heaters
1. Energy Efficiency
Tankless water heaters are much more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters because they only heat water as needed. Traditional water heaters store hot water in a tank, which means they need to constantly heat it to keep it hot, even when you're not using hot water. This constant heating wastes energy and drives up your energy bills.
2. Space-Saving Design
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than traditional water heaters, so they take up less space in your home. If you're short on space, a tankless water heater may be the perfect solution.
3. Endless Hot Water
With a tankless water heater, you'll always have hot water. Because the unit heats water on demand, you'll always have a continuous supply of hot water, no matter how many people are taking showers or doing laundry.
Tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan than traditional water heaters. While traditional water heaters last an average of 10-15 years, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years or more with proper maintenance.
5. Reduced Risk of Water Damage
Traditional water heaters can pose a risk of water damage if the tank leaks or bursts. Because tankless water heaters don't store water in a tank, there's no risk of water damage from tank failure.
Choosing the Right Tankless Water HeaterHere are several factors to consider...
Your tankless water heater will depend on the size of your home and your hot water needs. A larger home with multiple bathrooms will require a larger tankless water heater than a smaller home with only one or two occupants.
2. Fuel Type
As mentioned earlier, tankless water heaters can be powered by electricity or gas. Gas-powered tankless water heaters tend to be more efficient and provide a higher flow rate, but they require a gas line and venting, which may increase the installation costs.
3. Flow Rate
The flow rate of a tankless water heater refers to the amount of hot water it can deliver per minute. The flow rate you need will depend on your hot water needs. If you have a large family with multiple bathrooms, you'll need a tankless water heater with a higher flow rate than living alone or with one other person.
4. Energy Efficiency
When choosing a tankless water heater, look for one with a high energy efficiency rating. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the unit is, saving you money on your energy bills over time.
Tankless water heaters are typically more expensive to purchase and install than traditional ones, but they offer significant energy savings over time. Consider your budget and long-term savings when choosing a tankless water heater.
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance
To ensure your tankless water heater continues to work efficiently, it's essential to perform regular maintenance. Moe's schedules regular services with our clients, but here are some maintenance tasks you should consider:
1. Flush the System
Over time, minerals and sediment can build up in the unit, which can reduce its efficiency and cause damage. Flushing the system once a year can help remove any buildup and keep the unit running smoothly.
2. Check the Venting
If you have a gas-powered tankless water heater, it's essential to check the venting regularly to ensure it's clear and functioning correctly. A blocked vent can cause carbon monoxide buildup, which can be dangerous.
3. Check the Filter
Most tankless water heaters have a filter that needs to be cleaned regularly. You should be able to check your user manual for instructions on how to clean the filter.
4. Inspect the Burner
If you have a gas-powered tankless water heater, inspect the burner periodically to ensure it's functioning correctly. A dirty or damaged burner can reduce the unit's efficiency and increase the risk of carbon monoxide buildup.
Tankless Water Heater FAQs
Q: Are tankless water heaters more expensive than traditional water heaters?
A: Tankless water heaters are typically more expensive to purchase and install than traditional water heaters. However, they offer significant energy savings over time.
Q: How long do tankless water heaters last?
A: Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years or more with proper maintenance.
Q: Do tankless water heaters require a lot of maintenance?
A: Tankless water heaters require maintenance, including flushing the system, cleaning the filter, and inspecting the burner. However, they require less maintenance than traditional water heaters.
Q: Can a tankless water heater supply hot water to multiple fixtures simultaneously?
A: Yes, a tankless water heater can supply hot water to multiple fixtures at once, but the flow rate may be reduced.
Q: Are tankless water heaters safe?
A: Tankless water heaters are safe when installed and maintained correctly. Gas-powered tankless water heaters require proper venting to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
Q: How do I choose the right size tankless water heater for my home?
A: The size of your tankless water heater will depend on the size of your home and your hot water needs. Consult with a professional plumber to determine the right size for your home.
Final Words on Tankless Heaters
A tankless water heater can provide endless hot water and significant energy savings. By understanding how they work, their benefits, and how to choose the right one for your home, you can make an informed decision about whether a tankless water heater is right for you. Remember to perform regular maintenance to ensure your unit works efficiently and safely, or schedule a service call with Moe's Pros. If you have any questions or concerns about tankless water heaters, give us a call.
So, if you're tired of running out of hot water or waiting for your old water heater to heat up, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. With their energy efficiency, space-saving design, and endless hot water supply, a tankless water heater can provide you with the comfort and convenience you deserve.