Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity here in Boulder, CO, and around the United States. Many homeowners have decided to make the switch after weighing all of the benefits these units offer. If you’re on the fence about a tankless system or decided to take the plunge, call the experts at Canyon Plumbing & Heating for help.
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What Is a Tankless Water Heater?
When you think about it, the way most households in the US heat water is wasteful and inefficient. Most people use traditional water heaters in which water fills up a 40-50 gallon tank where it’s heated; this process occurs 24/7 to ensure you have hot water whenever you need it.
However, it doesn’t always work. If you have a family, you’ve no doubt had someone use up all the hot water when you’re ready to shower or bathe. Also, as the system ages, sediment builds up inside, which reduces its efficiency and makes it more expensive to operate.
A tankless water heater solves all of these problems. Instead of filling up a tank and then heating the water, the system heats the water as you need it for as long as you need it. This method can save the average homeowner 20-50 percent on fuel costs than a tank-style heater. And, since there’s no tank, you don’t have to worry about sediment buildup or leaks.
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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
If you’re still not sure whether an on-demand water heater is right for you, consider the following benefits:
- Size: Federal regulations have caused tank-style water heaters to become larger to include thick insulation to increase their efficiency, which means you may not have adequate space for one. However, tankless water heaters are about the size of a suitcase and hang on the wall, leaving you plenty of room.
- Safety: Unlike a tank water heater, tankless systems won’t dump gallons of water onto your floor if they leak and don’t run the risk of explosion because of high pressures.
- Convenience: Imagine the convenience of having instant hot water for as long as you want without the fear of running out mid-shower.
- Cost: Although tankless water heaters cost more to purchase and install upfront, they end up saving money each month because they’re more efficient than their traditional counterparts.
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How to Maintain a Tankless Water Heater
Like any appliance, you can keep your tankless water heater running smoothly and extend its lifespan if you perform routine maintenance. Here are a few things you can do to keep your on-demand water heater in top form.
If the water coming into your water heater is rich with minerals, it can degrade the system over time by causing scale buildup. Regular cleaning and descaling minimizes the effects of hard water and keeps your system running smoothly.
Besides routine descaling, you should also clean the system every 6 to 12 months by flushing it.
It’s possible to clean and flush the system by yourself, but you should have a professional inspect it at least once a year to ensure there are no problems and that everything is working as it should.