Tankless Water Heater 101| Tankless Water Heaters Fort Worth
The tankless water heater, also called On Demand Water Heaters, provide hot water only when the hot water outlet is turned on. By producing hot water only when it is needed, this reduces the standby energy loss involved with the conventional tank style water heater. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing installs tankless water heaters in Fort Worth.
When a hot water outlet is opened, cold water travels through a pipe into the tankless water heater. An electric tankless Water Heater uses an electric element to heat the water. A gas-fired tankless Water Heater uses a gas burner to heat the water. Tankless Water Heaters will typically produce a flow rate of 2-5 gallons per minute. Gas models will produce a higher flow rate than electric models.
Large hot water use households may need to install a larger tankless water heater, or two or more tankless water heaters in Fort Worth to meet the home’s hot water demand. Multiple users may more than a single tankless can provide sufficient hot water for. For example, if two household members shower at the same time, hot water may be insufficient. Multiple tankless water heaters or larger models of a whole house tankless water heater can overcome the problem.
A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber can assist you in ensuring you receive sufficient hot water for your household when considering a tankless water heater in Fort Worth.
Tankless Water Heaters are options for the following uses:
- Outdoor kitchens
- Remote bathrooms, Jacuzzi or hot tubs.
- To serve as a booster for solar water heating systems.
- Workshops and garages.
- Potting sheds
- Any hot water use where long pipe runs need to be eliminated.
Tankless Water Heaters can be 24% – 34% more energy efficient than conventional tank water heaters for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water each day. They can be 8% – 14% more energy efficient for homes that use large amounts of hot water. A Tankless Water Heater installed at each hot water outlet can achieve up to 50% energy savings.
Installation and Maintenance
There are numerous factors to be considered in the installation of tankless water heaters in Fort Worth. These factors include, for example, power and/or gas supply, gas pressure and gas ventilation to name a few. It is for this reason that the installation of a tankless water heater should be provided by a qualified, licensed plumber.
Tankless water heaters require maintenance like any other water heater. Examples of routine maintenance is the cleaning of screens present on some models, and the removal of hard water deposits annually, which can adversely affect the tankless water heaters performance. A plumber can provide this service if required. Homes with water softeners installed will not require this particular service. Your owner’s manual is the best source for information regarding the particular maintenance your tankless water heaters in Fort Worth will require.
Point of use tankless water heaters is a great solution for providing hot water only where it is needed. Applications for point of use tankless hot water heaters, for example, are public or employee restrooms where the only hot water outlet is a lavatory, employee lunch rooms, hand and hair washing stations in beauty salons, school restrooms, RVs and numerous other small hot water needs. Point of Use tankless water heaters can save more energy by eliminating hot water left in long supply lines between outlets.
Tankless water heaters provide the additional advantage of taking up less space than a conventional water heater. This allows the homeowner to use the extra space for other uses if desired.
Tankless water heaters last an average of 20 years. With the availability of parts this may be extended even further depending upon the model.
While the tankless will cost more initially than a standard grade conventional water heater, it lasts on average twice as long, making its initial cost almost equal to that of the purchase of two standard grade conventional water heaters over 20 years. When compared to the more energy efficient conventional water heaters, the tankless can be equal to or even less in cost. However, the energy efficiency of tankless water heaters in Fort Worth will exceed any current conventional style water heater.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing installs tankless water heaters in Fort Worth, and the Arlington regions. For the professional installation of tankless water heaters in Fort Worth give our plumbers a call.