Here at Family Plumbing Heating & Air, Inc. we take pride in not only our service but our expertise in the installation process of tankless water heaters. Sometimes in order to provide the homeowner with the right system it is necessary to install from the outside. Repiping may also be needed to best provide instant hot water to the required fixtures
All installations are unique and at Family Plumbing Heating & Air, Inc. we examine each situation for the best and most esthetically pleasing install location and process. You can count on Family Plumbing Heating & Air, Inc.
Electric or Gas-Fired
In an electric heater an electric element heats the water while in a gas-fired heater a gas burner heats the water. As a result, Tankless Water Heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. Typically, hot water is generated at a rate of 2 – 5 gallons per minute. Gas-fired heaters will produce higher flow rates than electric heaters. By installing a “whole house” type Tankless Water Heater or two or more Tankless Water Heaters, connected in parallel you can have hot water on demand throughout your home. Speak with one of our specialists to advise you on the best system for your family.
More information from Energy.gov
Tankless Water Heaters
HOW THEY WORK
Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element 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. However, a tankless water heater’s output limits the flow rate.
Typically, tankless water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons (7.6–15.2 liters) per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, however, even the largest, gas-fired model 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 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.
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water — around 86 gallons per day. You can achieve even greater energy savings of 27%–50% if you install a demand water heater at each hot water outlet. ENERGY STAR® estimates that a typical family can save $100 or more per year with an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heater.
The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, but tankless water heaters will typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years.
Tankless water heaters can avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. However, although gas-fired tankless water heaters tend to have higher flow rates than electric ones, they can waste energy if they have a constantly burning pilot light. This can sometimes offset the elimination of standby energy losses when compared to a storage water heater. In a gas-fired storage water heater, the pilot light heats the water in the tank so the energy isn’t wasted.