An on-demand or tankless water heater doesn’t require stored water. It features a flow-sensing component triggered when you open a hot water tap. The equipment heats the water using an electric or gas burner and brings hot water where you need it.
With a tankless water heater, you don’t need to worry about hot water at home. A heating repair expert shares things you need to know before getting one.
Consider Unit Capacity
Since tankless water heaters don’t store water, it’s more compact than conventional tank water heaters. Several factors will come into play when determining the ideal unit capacity for your home. Some of which are flow rates and temperature rise. You want to consult an experienced professional to help you make the necessary calculations and choose the best unit for your needs.
Ventilation Is Essential
Tankless heaters can either use power vents or direct vents. No matter what you prefer, you need a ventilation system with Category III stainless steel material. It must also be corrosion-resistant and airtight for carbon monoxide leak prevention. However, a condensing tankless water heater needs vents made with PVC, polypropylene, or other plastic materials.
Make Sure Your Gas Line Is Compatible
A tankless water heater can use up to four times more BTUs than standard water heaters. It doesn’t mean it needs more gas, but it needs an initial boost because it doesn’t have stored hot water. Usually, tankless heaters need a ¾-inch gas line, but it still helps to speak to a plumbing professional to determine if what you currently have is appropriate. At R.A. Biel Plumbing and Heating, we are here to assist with your plumbing-related concerns. You can also count on us for your drain and sewer repair needs.
Electrical Access Is Necessary
Electrical power is necessary even if you have a gas tankless water heater because it is digital remote and PC board uses electricity. Since a tankless water heater depends on electricity, it won’t run when the power goes out.
Whether you need a new water heater or air conditioning repair, R.A. Biel Plumbing and Heating is here to help. We offer complete plumbing installation services to homes and businesses. Call us at (505) 327-7755 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service.