Tankless Water Heaters
A tankless water heater is just what it says, it is tankless. It almost works the same as a normal storage type water heater, but it does not hold water. You will have two pipes on the tankless water heaters, cold water that comes in, and hot water that goes to the water faucet. When you open the hot water faucet, the cold water will start flowing through the device where a flow sensor with fire the burner. The water lines that are around the heat exchanger will then heat the water to the temperature that the tankless water heater is set to. It means that you can save on your utility bills. You will save about $100 or even more per year. This all depends on how many gallons of water you use daily. To get a tankless water heater will cost you more than a regular water heater, but in the long-run, the tankless heater will last longer and save money at the end of the day. The parts of the tankless heaters are fast to replace which will keep your waterless heater going for longer. Their life expectancy is over twenty years where a water storage heater only lasts for ten to fifteen years.
Sizing the equipment
Like all other products on the market, there are some downfalls of having a tankless water heater. You may not be able to do two things together that need hot water unless it is sized properly to handle the whole load. This means you can wash the dishes and have a shower at the same time. This sizing should be done by a qualified installer/HVAC Company that is trained in this area. They will need to check the water flow and other variables. It differs in different provinces states and countries and where your water storage heater already has warm water, the tankless water heater will still need to warm the water. With the tankless water heaters, you might also expect to have temperature fluctuations. The one minute the water will be the temperature that you want it to be then 5 seconds later it can be cold and five seconds later it can be too warm again. So there are a lot of positive and negative sides of having a tankless water heater in your home.
There is also something known as the sandwich effect. This means that when you used the hot water faucet and close it again after you received the amount of hot water that you needed, there will still be some hot water in the piping. When you open the warm water again that warm water will come out, but just seconds after, the water will feel cold because the heat exchanger first needs to be fired after sensing flow heat the water first before you will get warm water again, this delay or fluctuation, can take getting used to. When you consider getting a tank-less water heater or any other trade service like furnace repair, the suggestion is that you call a reputable company and get advice for your particular situation requirements. They will be able to give you all the details and tell you how it works and what the best option will be for you.
Traditional Water Heaters