Tankless Water Heaters Replacement
Tankless Water Heaters, sometimes referred to as demand water heaters, are becoming all the rage for today’s homeowners. By going tank-less, you gain an endless supply of hot water, meaning you can get it anytime and while doing multiple tasks like taking a hot shower and washing a load of laundry. A water heater of this type only heats water as needed, saving a lot of energy and thereby reducing your electricity bill!
In this article, we are going to go over important information about Tankless Water Heater Replacements including how they operate, why you might want to replace your current water heater with one, and things to consider when choosing the replacement.
As stated before, tankless water heaters only heat water while you are using it, so they preserve energy, but how do they do that? Once you turn on that hot water knob, cold water is released into the unit where either an electric element or gas burner then heats the water. As a direct result, these water heaters deliver a constant flow of hot water. You will never have to wait for the stored water to be reheated like you do with a tank water heater. Generally speaking, these heaters provide water at about a rate of 2 to 5 gallons per minute, with gas burners sending water at a bit higher flow rate than electric units.
Tankless Water Heaters For Your Family
If you have a large house, it may be worth it to you and your family to install two or more heaters that can be connected to never have to worry about potential issues. Another option, is installing a tankless water heater to a specific appliance that tend to use more hot water than others, like a booster. A few appliances that might benefit from this would be:
- Clothes washer
- Bathrooms located at a significant distance from main water heater
- Hot tubs or heated pools
To put your money and energy savings in perspective, let us take a look at some percentages. If your home uses no more than 41 gallons a day, demand water heaters can produce 24% to 34% in energy efficiency when compared to the conventional tank-based water heaters.
If you decided to install one of these units at each of your appliance locations, like the ones listed above, then you would have energy savings from 27% to 50%! The company ENERGY STAR® even believes the typical family can save at least $100 per year (energy.gov)! Although the initial cost is probably going to be higher for a tankless water heater than for a conventional one, it will pay off in the long run because they have a longer life span (often longer than 20 years!) and generate a lower maintenance cost.
Things to consider before purchasing a tankless water heater replacement
- Fuel Type
- Energy efficiency
- Size needed
When considering overall cost of your tankless water heater, remember to focus on not just the upfront cost, but the long term costs like repairs, replacement parts, installation, and lifetime energy savings. The fuel type that you use to heat your water will affect both annual operating costs and the energy efficiency and size of your water heater. Depending on your location, you may have a few of the options available to you; Electricity, Geothermal energy, Fuel oil, Propane, Natural gas, or Solar energy.
The best way to find out about which options are available to you, and at what prices, contact your local utility company. To learn about energy efficiency, you will need to consider the following: Recovery efficiency. By using a tankless water heater, you will not have to worry about wasted energy from standby losses, from the heated water hanging out in a tank, or cycling losses, when the heat is lost while the water circulates in a tank.
Recovery efficiency is simply how quickly the heat is transferred from the heat source to the water. Depending upon the prior factors, you will pretty much have an idea of the size of tank you will need. You will obviously have to be mindful of the intended areas you are wanting to have serviced, one appliance or the whole house?