If your traditional water heater tank needs replacement, it may be a good time to switch to a tankless hot water heater. New EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards for residential hot water heaters went into effect on April 16, 2015. These new standards mandate that hot water heaters sold after the date must meet higher efficiency requirements than previous models.
Hot water tanks will be larger because of thicker insulation, which increases both the price of the tanks and their size. A larger tank may not fit in the cramped space where your present tank is located. Moving the location would require extensive plumbing relocation and expense.
What are the benefits of a tankless hot water heater?
- Unlimited hot water
The main benefit of a tankless system is the unlimited availability of instant hot water. Larger families will no longer need to stagger their hot water use to keep a supply that is sufficient for everyone.
- Uses your existing power source
A tankless unit can be powered by the existing electric or gas line for your hot water heater
- Energy savings
A traditional hot water tank must use energy continuously to keep water hot. A tankless unit heats water on demand, and uses energy only to heat water, not to keep it hot.
- Efficiency in use of space
A tankless unit can hang on a wall in a small part of the space of a traditional hot water heater tank.
- No leak anxiety
Traditional hot water tanks often fail when they rust out, and water floods the basement or other space where they are installed. Tankless systems don't store water, so they don't have the same issues.
How is a tankless water heater installed?
The homeowner must first decide if they want to remain with the existing power source, which is usually electricity or gas. Remaining with the existing source will be less expensive during the installation process. Changing the power source source would only be economically beneficial if the existing source became much most expensive than the alternative source.
The size of the tankless unit chosen will depend on the number of people and the hot water use in a household. Even though it supplies instant hot water, a tankless unit must be apply to supply different areas of the home simultaneously.
Tankless hot water installation will first require disconnection, draining, and removal of the existing hot water tank. A plumber would then need to make slight modifications to the pipe connections in order to connect them to the tankless unit. If it is a gas powered unit, they will also need to hook up the gas line and vent it properly. If an electric powered unit is chosen, an electrician will also be needed to hook up the power to the unit. When everything is hooked up, you can then begin to enjoy the luxury of unlimited hot water.
For more information, contact Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc. or a similar company.