Tankless Water Heater

Is a Tankless Water Heater right for me?

by raleigh plumbers on November 3, 2017

Over the past few years, there have been more and more new homes built using the tankless model water heaters as opposed to the conventional units. The Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing specialize in the installation of water heaters in addition to countless other services, and have compiled a list that can help you to answer the question of “Is a Tankless Water heater right for me?”

Tankless Water Heater

There are many items to take into account when answering the question, ‘Is a Tankless water heater right for me?” Just some of the positives to consider changing to or starting with a tankless unit are as follows:

  • Most Tankless Water Heaters come with a federal tax rebate of $300.
  • They never run out of hot water.
  • They last five to 10 years longer than tank heaters.
  • They’re more efficient with no standby heat loss.
  • Tankless Water Heaters take up less space and can even be installed on walls or outdoors with an anti-freeze kit.
  • Smaller units can be installed under cabinets or in a closet, closer to the point of use.
  • They only need enough power to heat the amount of water necessary at any given moment.
  • You can shave as much as 20 percent from your water heating bill.
  • Electric models don’t produce greenhouse gases.
  • Most units are operated by remote control and have up to four separate settings available.
  • There’s no possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank.

If there is still a bit of a question while keeping in mind your initial task of deciding, “Is a Tankless Water Heater right for me, there are other variables that may help you go one way or another on your this ever important choice. First, remember, water heating accounts for about 20 percent of your home energy budget. Take into consideration that a whole-house standard electric water heater model usually runs about $500-700 and a gas model roughly $1,000-1,200. The electric model is usually less expensive to install and while gas is the cheaper energy source now, trends show that this may not be the case for long.

The choice is yours, and with a little help from Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing, you can rest assured that one way or another you can answer the question, “Is a Tankless Water Heater right for me?”

The Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are the number one water heater specialists across the Triangle area, however, even if you have been enjoying the water savings and convenience of a tankless unit you had installed by us, to ensure you keep your hot water flowing, here are several things that you can do at home to perform important Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance.

As noted in a series of articles which include video instructions at the official Noritz website that can be found here, the first step in your Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance is to do an inspection, visually around the unit. Take a good look to make sure there are absolutely no combustible materials present can help to avoid a future hazard. One thing to look for is any type of discoloring on the outside of your tank and its remote control. Wipe this outside surface first with a wet cloth and then be sure to dry it, as despite being water resistant, your water heater is not waterproof. In cleaning the remote control never use oil or fatty detergents or benzene, as either of these can and will be harmful to it.

Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance

Much like the first simple step above of Water Heater External Maintenance, next, simply listen to your water heater to be certain that you don’t hear any abnormal sounds as the unit is operating. If you do hear something that you find abnormal, it is best to troubleshoot this type issue with one of the water heater specialists at Poole’s.

Checking for leaks in the pressure release valve may seem obvious, but this too is a part of Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance that can help to avoid a larger issue down the road. You will want to open the valve to make sure that it turns off correctly and that everything is working as it should. If you do find a leak or drip in the pressure release valve, it will need to be replaced. A thorough check of all connections to the water heater to make sure everything correctly fits can also help to detect leaks and save on a much larger problem occurring down the road.

If your water heater is a DV condensing model you will want to regularly check for dust or soot that has collected in the exhaust. To do this, you will want to use the end of a screwdriver to remove the screen from the intake valve and check for any type of debris. Before putting it back in, thoroughly clean both sides of the screen with a brush and some water, then allow it to fully dry before placing it back in. This will help to ensure that there can be proper airflow into the system.

Tankless Water Heater External Maintenance is crucial in keeping your flow of hot water steady and plentiful and by following these simple at home tips you will be more likely to catch a potential problem or issue before it becomes disastrous and costly. Our next post will be a second part in doing Tankless Water Heater Maintenance with a focus in that entry on how to maintain the internal area of your unit.

A survey done by Noritz America confirmed that the majority of Americans have expressed “shower frustration,” either due to a lack of hot water or low water pressure. Either of these issues can be easily rectified through consulting the Raleigh NC water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing on getting your home set up with a properly sized Tankless Water Heater.

According to the survey that Noritz conducted, the number one cause of frustrations among those polled is a lack of water pressure, which was cited by nearly one out of three (32 percent) respondents. 18 percent of those polled also expressed dissatisfaction with the length of time that their hot water lasts and another 18 percent showed displeasure with slow hot water.

Tankless Water Heater

Explaining why many with a conventional water heater as opposed to a properly sized Tankless Water Heater would be dealing with these frustrating issues, Noritz America marketing manager, Jason Fleming said, “Increased demand, such as frequent showers or simultaneous use of multiple hot water appliances, places a tremendous burden on conventional tank water heaters, which necessarily have a finite storage capacity to meet demand.” Offering a resolution to such issues, Fleming added, “A properly sized Tankless Water Heater, will never run out of hot water.”

In the same Noritz America survey, it was noted that the majority of Americans start their day with a shower lasting approximately 8 minutes, however, adding to the need for a consistent flow of hot water and the switch over to a Tankless Water Heater is the fact that almost a third of those polled stay in the shower for 13 minutes or longer.

Tankless Water Heater

Women are more likely to be taking a lengthier shower or bath than men are acoording to the data collected in the study, as it was found than about 19 percent spend over 16 minutes either in the shower or taking a bath. This was compared to only 11 percent of men taking 16 minutes or more for their morning showers. It was also noted that women are twice as likely to take a bath than a man would be in the same survey.

Also supporting a switch to a Tankless Water Heater was the fact that three out of five consumers surveyed expressed the fact that lowering their utility bills and saving energy would be the primary reasons for them considering replacing their water heaters. Considering a Tankless Water Heater on average can cut operation costs up to 40 percent as compared to the costs related to a conventional unit, if you are someone with “Shower Frustrations,” a call to the Raleigh NC water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing may be in order.


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