Are you tired of having to wait for your water to heat up and having it run out as you take a shower? The electric tankless water heater may be the right solution for you. Many people are making the switch to the new tankless water heater. Unlike the conventional storage tank heaters, it is smaller and more efficient. Instead of holding hot water all day, it only heats up water when the valve is opened using a gas burner or electric element thus delivering a constant supply of hot water. This helps save money since they don’t produce the standby losses incurred by storage heaters.
The heaters work best closest to the point of use. Therefore the longer the pipe, the longer it takes for the water to heat up. Faucets have to be turned on high to generate a high water flow rate needed to heat the water. This is because its output limits the flow rate. Gas-fired heaters though produce higher flow rates than electric heaters.
Using too much water at different points at the same time could result in a drop in temperature unlike in tank water heaters where this is not an issue. To avoid this, the more water you use, the more units you would have to install. Multiple small tankless systems as opposed to a single large water heater are best for larger families. In a compact living space that has applications such as a small dishwasher, one bath, and a washing machine, a single water heater would be ideal.
Demand-type heaters as they are also referred to, typically use 15-20% less energy in comparison to conventional electrical tank heaters. You may also be able to save more depending on your usage habits. Installation and purchasing costs require huge investment. A technician charges $2000-$5000 to install this system. It must be done by a technician in order to qualify for warranty. Furthermore, sometimes one may have to upgrade the existing electrical systems to accommodate these tankless heaters.
When selecting a tankless heater, you should consider the size, the type of fuel (that is gas-fired or one that runs on electricity) and its availability, the efficiency of the energy source and costs you will incur both while purchasing and installing it.
After purchase, you should ensure your heater is installed right. This is one factor that affects how effectively it works. Factors such as climate, fuel, local building code requirements and safety issues affect proper installation. For this reason it is best done by an expert plumbing and heating contractor.
If you decide to do it yourself, ensure you contact the manufacturer as they usually have the necessary installation and instruction manuals. Also get a permit from your city or town as well as local water heater installation codes if necessary.
Doing maintenance from time-to-time is a great way of ensuring your water heater stays effective for longer. From your owner’s manual you’d also be able to get additional specific recommendations.
After installation and maintenance, implement additional energy-saving strategies to help lower your bills even further. Some are best installed with the water heater.