Tankless water heater FAQ

When is tankless the right choice for a water heater?

If space efficiency, cost effectiveness, durability and energy conservation are amongst your top priorities while deciding about indoor water heating system then a tankless heater certainly becomes the right choice. Moreover, it is a convenient option especially for frequently travelling families or small families because tankless heaters are compact and worth investing.

Do tankless water heaters require special installation?

Electric tankless water heaters does not require any special installation as it is equivalent to installing any other electronic device however gas based tankless heaters need some special considerations. For instance you will require new pipe and will have to create a hole in the wall so that the gas pipe can be connected from the outside. Moreover gas heaters can only be installed at a place where appropriate exhaust system and ventilation space is available to avoid complications. For electric heaters you only need additional wiring that is compatible to the model.

Can I install a tankless water heater myself?

Although tankless are relatively easier to install using a DYI approach but we recommend getting professional help in this regard. Until and unless you get the device installed by a professional and certified technician only then we will be liable to offer repairing services otherwise any damage occurred will not be our responsibility. Electric tankless water heaters are easier to install in comparison to gas ones because these require some additional efforts like fixing gas pipe and creating  hole in the wall. Installing am electric tankless heater is easier since all you need to do is attach the wiring properly. But don’t forget to shut off the electricity before you install it.

Should I trade in my Tank water heater for a Tankless?

Tankless heaters are a better and feasible option for household usage. If you consider the state of your current tank heaters then you will realize that it is taking up too much of the space because it must be standing near the air conditioning system or a closet, etc. You can easily save ample space by trading your tank heater with a tankless one. Moreover you can save up to 60% of your energy costs and reduce your electricity bills.

How many Tankless water heaters do I need to run my entire home?

It totally depends upon your water heating demand and number of family members that require hot water on a daily basis. If you are using one tank type heater for the entire home then you need to replace it with the same water quantity offering tankless water heater. However if there are more than one bathroom or places that require water heating system such as kitchen or pool area wash room then you may need separate tankless heaters.

How much will I save using a tankless model instead of a tank model?

The main difference between tank and tankless water heater is that your existing tank heater is consuming energy throughout the day. As per its operating mechanism a tank type heater gets turned on and off concurrently and heat water after a time lapse of 35-40 minutes every hour which means more consumption of energy. However tankless water heater only heat water when you turn it on and therefore there is no excessive energy usage involved. The heater stops working as soon as you press the off button and does not heat water throughout the day.

How much time does it take for a tankless water heater to heat the water?

A common misconception about tankless water heaters is that these consume more time than tank type heaters. Actually tankless type heaters do their job rapidly and heat water immediately when demanded. However these usually take about the same time as tank type heaters because when water travels through pipes containing cold water then some additional time is consumed. Overall there is no time difference between tank type and tankless water heaters and if the plumbing pipe is shorter the hot water will reach the shower in no time.

How does the water heat up in a tankless system?

Tankless water heaters have a built-in heat exchanger. When you open the hot water valve then the water immediately flows through the tubing of the exchanger installed inside the equipment. After this a sensor detects the flow of water and automatically turns the burner on which quickly heats the water. A majority of new water heaters comprise of a built-in electronic ignition which further minimizes the energy consumption of your tankless water heater.

Are there any drawbacks to the tankless water heater?

The only drawback that tankless water heaters have is of being a little bit expensive than conventional water heaters. However their price is slightly higher than tank type because these are high-tech and involves advanced technology as well as their functioning is very efficient. If you consider the other benefits in the longer run such as less consumption of energy, low utility bills and less utilizing of your indoor space, then tankless water heaters turn out to be a much more feasible option for families.

What is the average lifespan of a tankless system as opposed to a tank water heating system?

The average lifespan of a tankless water heater depends upon three factors: the frequency of usage, quality of water and the installation type. If the water quality and installation type is optimal then a tankless water heater can function seamlessly to up to 20 years. If periodic cleaning, appropriate ventilation space and maintenance check is observed then the average lifespan can be up to 25years. The average life of any tankless water heater is more than a tank type heater and most of tankless heaters can work perfectly between 15 to 25 years because recent models are being manufactured with high quality material and advanced technology which allows it to function perfectly for a longer duration.

Can you get a rebate in the U.S. on the cost of a tankless unit?

To get a rebate on tankless water heaters in the US you need to consult from your local or state municipality. Typically a majority of the tankless water heating devices currently available in the market offer up to 99% energy conservation and therefore municipalities offering rebates on these heaters is likely to be practiced. However you must check prior to buying a tankless water heater because in the US rebate laws vary from state to state and that is why no definite answer can be provided to this query.

What are common symptoms / problems that require professional repair?

When you observe any of the following conditions then it means you need to get professional help. Tank vessel is leaking and need to be replaced; any of its other accessories for instance valves, hose, CPVC, flex or copper lines are leaking; water heating duration has minimized or heating tendency has reduced; pilot light not working; rust or sediment is visible in water; plastic pieces are being seen with water; pipes are banging; water leaking from the unit; gas smell coming out of the device and unit emitting foul smell.

Can a tankless unit be installed in the same place as my old water heater?

Tankless water heaters can be installed just about anywhere in your bathroom even under the sink or beside the closet since these are the size of a phone book. Tank type heaters require a lot of space and are usually installed outside your home whereas tankless types can be easily installed indoors. Wherever you need hot water such as kitchen or powder room apart from bathrooms you can install a tankless water heater.

Can two people use two showers at the same time?

Yes the best aspect of installing a tankless water heater is that it is not just compact and energy efficient but also allows hot water supply to at least two water saver type showers at one time. Therefore if your family is small such as just two people are in the home then you can easily use it. Even if your family is large you can install two such devices so that you are able to use four showers at a time.

Will a tankless water heater work with my dishwasher?

Yes it is very much possible however your dishwasher should be at least six years old because in that case its built-in water heating system will be compatible with the tankless water heaters. You need to be sure that their temperature averages and water supply match because typically a dishwasher that’s six years old requires 130to140 degrees temperature and approximately 14 gallons of water to wash dishes and runs 1-2 gallons of water every minute.