Tankless Water Heater | Tankless Water Heaters Fort Worth
It has been estimated that the production of hot water can account for as much as 30% of a home’s energy use. Not so many decades ago the choice was simple- conventional electric or gas water heaters. That has all changed with the goal of improving energy efficiency, which includes tankless water heaters. Read on to learn about tankless water heaters in Fort Worth.
Today’s homeowner increasingly purchases energy efficient appliances, and tankless water heaters are one of those being purchased in the quest for energy efficiency. The tankless water heater only provides hot water when a hot water tap is opened. This reduces the standby energy losses of conventional water heaters. Benjamin Franklin’s water heater specialists install, repair and provide maintenance of tankless water heaters in Fort Worth.
A conventional tank style water heater reheats hot water, to maintain the water temperature until it is used. In comparison, tankless water heaters only heat water when there is a demand for it. This eliminates heating and reheating water stored in tanks, resulting in less cost for hot water. Furthermore, the tankless water heater provides a compact design requiring less space.
How it Heats Water
When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water is carried into the tankless water heater. A gas-fired tankless water heater uses a gas burner to heat the water, while an electric tankless model heats water with an electric element.
Tankless Water Heaters typically produce a flow rate of 2 to 5 gallons per minute, with gas models producing a higher flow rate than electric models.
Gas tankless water heaters can be up to 40% more energy efficient than conventional tank water heaters for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water each day.
Tankless water heaters can last an average of 20 years under normal conditions and with appropriate maintenance. With the availability of parts this may be extended depending upon the model.
Lacking a tank to store heated water in; a tankless model eliminates the threat of a leaking tank and potential damage to the home and its foundation.
If you are considering tankless water heaters in Fort Worth the following will assist you in making an informed choice.
- Select the Correct Size: Tankless water heaters are available as point of demand, or a whole house system. Point of demand provides for a single rooms hot water. A point of demand tankless water heater provides an option for bathrooms too far away from the main source of hot water. Homeowners often choose point of demand models for hot tubs, pools and or any location too far from the main hot water source.
- Select the Energy Source: Tankless hot water heaters are available in electric or gas models. Electric models are not as efficient as gas and are not Energy Star approved. Due to this, they are not eligible for a tax credit.
- Calculating Demand: Two persons showering simultaneously will require a larger gallons-per-minute (GPM) rate in order to meet your overall hot water needs from a tankless water heaters in Fort Worth.
- Correct sizing is important to prevent overload. If the tankless water heater shuts down when hot water is used at two different sources overload is occurring. A Benjamin Franklin licensed plumber can advise you of your options for ensuring adequate hot water for your home.
- Water Supply Temperature: The temperature of the cold water supplied to the tankless water heater will affect its rate and flow. If your tankless is supplied with very cold water, it will take much longer to heat the water. If on the other hand, you use a solar heated pre-tank, your tankless water heater will operate much more efficiently.
- Energy Tax Credits: Some utility companies offer credits, and you may be eligible for a federal or state tax credit on Energy Star approved tankless water heaters. These can assist you in recovering the initial cost of tankless water heaters in Fort Worth.
Compare the cost of a tankless unit with your household’s ongoing operating costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy tankless water heaters can be up to 34 percent more efficient than a conventional tank-style water heater, depending on a home’s daily demand for hot water. A tankless water heater isn’t for everyone or every household. When the demand is higher than a tankless can provide, it may be a better option to stay with a tank model or other option.
There are a numerous considerations for the installation of tankless water heaters in Fort Worth. These factors include the household consumption of hot water, the availability of power and/or gas supply, gas pressure and gas ventilation, to name a few. Due to the complexity of these factors, installation should only be provided by a qualified licensed plumber.
With all of the factors involved in the selection of a tankless water heaters in Fort Worth, your best source of information regarding your individual households hot water requirements is best determined by a qualified licensed plumber. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s experienced professionals can evaluate your home’s hot water use, ensuring that your home receives the hot water you require, whether from a convention water heater or tankless water heaters in Fort Worth.
Like any other water heater, tankless models require annual maintenance. Maintenance includes the cleaning of the screens present on some models, and the removal of hard water deposits annually by a qualified plumber. Hard water scale can adversely affect the appliances performance and longevity. Refer to the appliances owner’s manual for information regarding the specific details of required maintenance for tankless water heaters in Fort Worth.
The tankless water heater will eventually require repair. The appliances longevity and reliability is one of the reasons for its popularity. When problems occur Benjamin Franklin Plumbing offers tankless water heater repair.
The tankless hot water heater should be sized to provide for your household’s hot water needs and to prevent overload.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing installs tankless water heaters in Fort Worth. For the professional installation or repair of tankless water heaters, conventional water heaters and other plumbing services schedule service by giving us a call. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.