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.

Long gone are the days of waiting around for the water to heat up while drawing a bath or getting in the shower thanks to the age of the Tankless Water Heaters. The Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing are the most trusted name in Tankless Water Heater installation and repair in the Triangle area, however, many of you that might still be unfamiliar with these unit may find yourself asking how do they work and what exactly are the benefits of “losing the tank?”

Much like the Poole’s Plumbing name has become synonymous water heater installation in the surrounding Raleigh area, Noritz has consistently proven to be an innovator in the tankless water heater game. Explaining on their blog at noritz.com that they have been ”singlehandedly revolutionizing the industry and proving why instant (tankless) hot water heaters are an imperative feature to every contemporary household.”

Continuing on to explain how the Tankless Water Heaters actually work, the blog article said, “Tankless instant hot water heaters work by directly heating up water when and only when you want it. Rather than wasting space and energy by storing hot water in large tanks, instant hot water heaters use no storage tanks and thus, use less space and energy – saving you money while also being green-friendly.”

 

Tankless Water Heaters

They then explained a five step process, giving further detail as to how the units function. The step in that process are:

  1. Turn on your bath’s or sink’s valve to hot water temperature.
  2. Cold water begins to enter through the Noritz tankless hot water heater. The flow sensors quickly detect the motion of the water flow and alert the internal computer.
  3. The computer automatically ignites the burners and carefully calculates the perfect temperature in order to deliver your desired, optimal heat.
  4. Water quickly circulates throughout the heat exchanger in order to reach the calculated temperature. The water exits the heater, directly to you so that you can enjoy a continuous stream of hot water.
  5. Then, whenever you feel like turning it off, the unit automatically shuts down and stops using precious energy – meaning you save money while also getting instant, hot water on demand.

Lastly, to bullet point the overall benefits of “going tankless” and having the water heater specialists at Poole’s install a Noritz or any brand unit of your choosing, the piece concluded by listing out the following perks.

  • Continuous Hot Water on Demand
  • Save Energy = Green Friendly
  • No more “waiting around” for hot water or unpleasant bursts of cold water
  • Save space with sleek, tankless models.

For a full listing of the latest innovations and the newest tankless water heaters from Noritz that can be installed by Poole’s Plumbing, visit noritz.com


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