Conventional hot water heaters have served U.S. households admirably for decades. The technology is simple, and consists of a storage tank for hot water, and either a gas burner or electric elements. When a hot water tap is opened, the water flows from the appliance to supply the tap. As hot water is used, cold water replaces the water used and the heating process begins again. While the conventional hot water heater works well, it does have its share of drawbacks, mainly running out of hot water before more can be produced, and energy wasted to standby heat loss. Standby heat loss is the energy used to keep a tank of hot water ready for use. Today homeowner’s have an option with higher energy efficiency that provides an endless supply of hot water. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for information on energy efficient tankless water heaters in Arlington.
The tankless eliminates standby energy loss because it doesn’t use a storage tank. Opening a hot water tap initiates the tankless to produce the hot water you need by super heating cold incoming water to the temperature you have selected. The unit provides endless hot water, heating it as long as the hot water tap is open. By eliminating the need to store hot water, you will save as much as 34% on the cost of providing the hot water your household uses when you install tankless water heaters in Arlington.
In addition, a tankless water heater in Arlington will outlast a tank style conventional water heater by double or more, when routine maintenance is provided.
How it Works
The powerful heat exchanger inside a tankless heats water quickly, far faster than any available in a storage style water heater. The heat exchanger is activated as soon as you open a hot water tap, which sends cold water into the tankless water heater, activating the heat exchanger to heat the cold water into piping hot water you can luxuriate in. When you turn off the tap, the cold water stops flowing into the tankless, and the unit shuts down.
Types of Tankless Water Heaters in Arlington
Tankless water heaters are available in two types; a whole house tankless water heater and a point-of-use water heater. A whole house tankless water heater is the larger of the two and can provide for the needs of the average home as long as the simultaneous demand doesn’t exceed the model’s capability. Different sizes are available, and households with high amounts of water use can purchase a larger model or multiple models. Point-of-use tankless models are typically used in single locations. They are ideal for remote bathrooms, employee restrooms, cafeterias, wash stations, garages and other locations. While they are available in gas or electric, the majority that are installed are electric.
The type and size of tankless water heaters in Arlington that are ideal for your home depends on a number of factors, such as gas availability and type, and the amount of hot water your household requires. While the tankless water heater offers a number of advantages, they are not the ideal option for every household. A Ben Franklin plumber in Arlington can assist you in the decision of the best hot water heater for your home and budget.
Regardless of the type of water heater in your home, routine maintenance is essential for its performance, energy efficiency and life span. Our plumbers can provide the professional water heater installation, maintenance and repair that you need. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for additional information or to schedule installation or repair of tankless water heaters in Arlington. We serve Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas with quality plumbing the expertise you can rely on. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.