If the demand for hot water in your home is exhausting the available hot water in your traditional hot water heater, your home is a candidate for a tankless hot water heater. If everyone in your family always uses up the hot water before everyone is through with their morning or evening shower, or even if you have a larger bathtub that goes unused due to a lack of hot water, you should be talking to Paramount Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning . Do you want glorious endless hot water? Then you want a tankless water heater.
How do tankless water heaters differ from traditional tanked water heaters?
Traditional tanked heaters store a finite amount of water (usually 50 or 80 gallons). The heater keeps that water hot 24/7/365 which is very inefficient. However, when all the hot water in the tank is exhausted, the tanked heater cannot heat the incoming cold water fast enough to continue meeting demand.
A tankless water heater heats the water as you need it for as long as you need it. When a faucet or shower is turned on, the heater senses that flow and the heater springs to life and very quickly exposes the water to an immense amount of heat. That hot water is then sent to the faucet or shower you are using. When you turn off the fixture the heater shuts down. This process allows for truly endless hot water.
What isn’t there to love?
- Saves Energy – approximately 30% on the gas used to heat your water
- Saves space – the unit is about the size of a suitcase and mounts to a wall
- Longer warranty – depending on the manufacturer parts 3- 5 years, heat exchanger 12-15 years.
- Did we mention…ENDLESS HOT WATER
Misperceptions and requirements about tankless.
Although it is endless hot water, it is not instant hot water. The hot water still has to flow from the water heater to your fixture just as it does now with your tanked water heater. Some units today come with a recirculating pump and a buffer tank which will get the water moved quickly.
The units that we recommend need either natural gas or propane. Although there are electric tankless water heaters, they are rarely affordable. The amount of electric required means you need to run a new electric line to your house just to power the water heater.
We service and install all major brands of tankless water heaters (Noritz, Rinnai, Navien). Depending on the specific brand we choose and your house layout, we may need to increase the size of the gas line feeding the unit. Also, appropriate venting needs to be considered. Hence, a tankless installation is not a DIY project. For a free in-home estimate, call today.