An on demand water heater is an excellent alternative to the traditional water tank heaters most of us use. Call Sheely Plumbing Inc. today to find out if a tankless model is right for your family. We proudly install Bradford White tankless water heaters!
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How Tankless Water Heaters Work
People with large families know what it’s like to always run out of hot water, especially in the morning with high demands. Unlike traditional water heaters that store and heat water for use, the tankless system brings in water via an inlet tube and preheats it as it flows through a heat exchanger. This heated water then flows out through your fixtures. What makes this system advantageous is that once you’re finished with the hot water, the system shuts the heat off until you need it again.
Depending on the cost and availability of your energy source, you may get an electric or gas-powered tankless heater.
Advantages to a Tankless Water Heater
While tankless water heaters aren’t the best fit for every home, they offer many advantages over traditional designs that are worth considering.
- Tankless water heaters provide unlimited hot water for as long as you need it.
- Water coming out from a tankless water heater is hot almost instantly.
- The tankless water heater is small and takes up much less space than a tank water heater.
- Tankless water heaters are more efficient than tank heaters, which means you save money on your energy bills.
- Tankless water heaters last significantly longer than tank water heaters.
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Signs You Need Tankless Water Heater Repair
While tankless water heaters last longer and are more reliable than their tank-style counterparts, they are still prone to developing problems. Here are a few signs telling you that your tankless system requires professional repair.
- Lukewarm Water - Is the water coming out of the tap warm but not hot? It’s a common problem that may require a simple temperature adjustment.
- Water Heater Shuts Off - There are a few issues that can cause a water heater to shut off during use, but most times, it’s caused by a clogged filter.
- Temperature Fluctuations - Does the water temperature fluctuate from good to too hot or too cold? If so, it could be an electrical problem.
- Strange Odor or Taste in Your Water - Although your tankless system doesn’t rely on a storage reservoir, you shouldn’t have issues with sediment buildup, which can cause the water to look or taste odd. However, if you do get foul-smelling or tasting water, it could be the water heater is failing or an issue with the water supply coming into the home.