Tankless Hot Water Heaters
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The idea behind tankless water heaters is truly a novel one. Instead of continually heating water sitting in a large traditional hot water tank, a tankless system heats the water as it's needed, whether in incremental sessions at a time or one long session all at once.
Tankless water heaters are ideal for both residential and commercial use and we supply them both in natural gas and propane models. They also come in two basic varieties -- point-of-use or whole-house hot water heaters, which determine the quantity and demand of your water heating needs. Point-of-use hot water heaters, which are generally electric, are relatively smaller and are sufficient for separate appliances or households that have single occupants. Whole-house heaters, usually powered by natural gas, are typically larger and ideal for family units or commercial facilities that need to supply water to a number of occupants.
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Sitting water, which needs to be continually heated to maintain a constant level of hot water, is how traditional hot water tanks function. The continuous energy needed to maintain this temperature, even when it's not in use, is known as "standby heat loss." Tankless water heater units, or "on demand" water heaters, avoids this by heating the water as you need it. Naturally, this is a concept that can save a lot of wasteful energy, which has the potential to save a lot of money on a monthly and yearly basis.
Tankless water heaters not only save and conserve natural gas, but last about ten years longer than traditional hot water tank heaters, and also don't take up as much space. Other benefits include:
- They're more efficient, have no standby heat loss, last longer and never run out of water.
- They can be installed almost anywhere, including outdoors.
- No flood worries due to a ruptured water tank.
- Hot water heater repair and maintenance is easier and less costly.
- Many systems are operated by remote control and come with optional settings.
Flow capacity rate varies, but typical tankless hot water heater rates range from about four to ten gallons per minute (GPM). Studio apartments or small single homes would generally use a four to six GPM unit, whereas a residence of at least two or more bathrooms would require a six to eight GPM to service multiple applications at once. Of course, demand is always a factor, and in some residences, more than one unit might be required for optimal sufficiency.
Hot Water Heater Installation
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With tankless hot water heaters, installation is easier than traditional water tanks, but there are still precautions and important things to consider. A Hyde-Whipp professional can advise the owner on all the information that is required, including insuring proper installation, which can have a variety of factors to consider, particularly when the unit is powered by gas, such as:
- Fuel type
- Adequate gas line
- Best location for installation
- Local city installation codes
- Special licenses and permits
- Climate factors
- Safety issues
With indoor hot water heaters, installation can introduce the most complications due to the fact that they must have adequate ventilation. Indoor units must be able to vent the excess warm air that is produced. Some units can only vent vertically, some horizontally and others can vent either way.
It's important to determine which tankless unit is ideal for your needs before purchasing.
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Hot Water Heater Repair & Maintenance
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Most tankless units have a life expectancy of about twenty years or more. Hot water heater repair is also easier with replaceable parts that may extend the life of the unit many more years. Periodic tankless hot water heater maintenance can also extend the life of the unit, and manufacturers recommend maintenance at least every 1 to 2 years.
Maintenance requires flushing the entire unit in order to remove built-up mineral deposits. A Hyde-Whipp professional is recommended, as the risk can be very high, and precaution is critical, especially if the unit was running prior to maintenance.
Since tankless water heater units are drinkable systems, chemicals must never be used for cleaning. Chemicals can linger inside the plumbing even after a thorough flushing, and this can be potentially harmful.
Call Hyde-Whipp at 519-941-8429 for all your repair and service needs