A tankless water heater heats water only when the water is needed. Also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, these systems are more energy efficient than storage water heater systems and can save you money on water heating costs. Contact our professional plumbing team at Climate Design to learn more about tankless water heaters or read on to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tankless Water Heaters
Q: How do tankless water heaters work?
A: When a hot water faucet is turned on, water travels through a pipe into the unit where it is heated by either a gas burner or an electric element. No storage tank is needed, however, a tankless water heater’s output limits the flow rate.
Q: How fast does a tankless water heater heat water?
A: Tankless water heaters typically provide hot water at a rate of 2 to 5 gallons (7.6-15.2 liters) per minute, according to energy.gov. Note: gas water heaters produce a higher flow rate than electric water heaters.
Q: Are tankless water heaters appropriate for larger homes?
A: Even the largest gas-fired water heaters have trouble supplying enough hot water for multiple or simultaneous uses (running a hot shower, washing machine or dishwasher at the same time) in a large household. Larger homes would benefit from multiple tankless water heaters or use them only for remote bathrooms or hot tubs, or to boost certain appliances such as a dishwasher, clothes washer or solar heating system.
Q: How energy efficient are tankless water heaters?
A: Tankless water heaters can be 24 to 34 percent more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters in homes using less than 41 gallons of hot water per day. In homes that use more than 85 gallons of water per day, tankless water heaters can be 8 to 14 percent more energy efficient. Also, tankless water heaters last longer and have lower operating energy costs which accounts for the higher initial cost of installing the system.
Q: How do I know if the home’s tankless water heater was installed properly?
A: A water heating professional, like our trusted Climate Design team, will ensure that all factors during water heater installation are thoroughly inspected. These factors include fuel type, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues, especially concerning the combustion of gas-fired water heaters.
Q: How long will a tankless water heater last?
A: Tankless water heaters’ life expectancy is usually about 20+ years. Storage type systems are expected to last about 10 to 15 years.
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