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Tankless Water Heater Benefits

How is it possible to have all the hot water you want without a tank full of hot water?  It is a question many businesses and homeowners are asking more often as demand grows for tankless water heaters.  Your local plumbing company, Water Heater Pro offers customers throughout So. Calif. this modern plumbing option that can increase hot water efficiency and lower energy bills.


Tankless Advantages


Tankless water heaters provide “on demand” service versus conventional water heaters. Cold water flows through the heating element-fueled by gas or electric-and then into a hot water tap of a sink or a shower. This is different from the conventional option where water is heated and stored in a tank.  The conventional water heater is less expensive to install but it uses more energy because of this need for hot water storage-it must heat and store the hot water with regular use. A tankless system only uses water as it is needed whenever a hot water tap is opened.


Tankless Water Heater Costs


The initial cost of a tankless water heater system may seem high compared to installing or replacing a conventional water heater. Once you calculate the average purchase, maintenance, and repair costs over the life of either option, the tankless water heater system reveals its benefits.  Storage water heaters average 10-15 years before failure and maintenance and repair costs add up over the years. By comparison, tankless water heaters are expected to last 20 years or more.  Tankless system parts can easily be replaced. This helps extend use for many years beyond expectation.  Tankless water heaters also lower energy costs.  So this savings benefit adds up with each year of use. The downside of this is the tankless water heater requires maintenance at least once a year.  Regular maintenance increases the life of a tankless water heater but a tank water heater could probably go 12 years without having the need for any maintenance.  This would equate to a tank water heater having less maintenance cost.


Tankless Water Heater Installation


We recommend the professional installation of a tankless water heater system.  Professional installation by Water Heater Pro followed by proper maintenance can increase energy efficiency and avoid costly problems. You don’t want to invest in this great system only to have it not work properly or cause damage from leaks. Whether you need regular maintenance, emergency repairs, or any related plumbing service, you need a professional plumbing company ready to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All throughout the country, homeowners are switching to tankless water heaters. These modern water heater units are known for their efficiency, dependability, and longevity. If you are interested in an installation, Water Heater Pro has you covered.

Three Types Of Tankless Water Heaters

Non-Condensing Tankless Water Heater

If you currently have a traditional water heater, switching to a non-condensing tankless water heater could be one of the best options. These units require the installation of stainless steel venting for exhaust or you can utilize your existing ventilation. Non-condensing tankless Water Heaters are the first generation of tankless units. These units use a heat exchanger to heat your water on demand and reach an Efficiency Factor (EF) of 82-85. This technology has been in use in Europe and Japan for decades and is well-proven. The advantage of this type of unit is in reliability in that they are established products with few manufacturing issues.


Condensing Tankless Water Heater

These units use two heat exchangers, which can help you reap incredible efficiency benefits.  Additionally, venting for a  condensing water heater can be accomplished using PVC pipe, which is a material known for its affordability. Condensing tankless Water heaters are the second generation of tankless water heaters. After a primary heat exchanger, these units use a second heat exchanger, which reuses the heat from your exhaust to heat the water. This results in an increased efficiency of 92-94%. The benefit of cooler exhaust is that these units can be vented using inexpensive PVC. The drawbacks include a higher unit cost and, similar to non-condensing units, a lower efficiency for short draws. 


Condensing Hybrid Tankless Water Heaters 

This third-generation, cost-saving water heaters have small holding tanks that function as reservoirs for water. You can expect condensing hybrid tankless water heaters to be highly efficient and vent via PVC pipes. Condensing Hybrid Tankless Water Heaters were pioneered in the United States.  These heaters incorporate a small-between 1 liter and 2 gallon-holding tank. This small holding tank keeps a reservoir of hot water, eliminating lower efficiency for short draws, meaning these water heaters achieve a true EF of 92-96. A recent study by the Gas Technology Institute measured the real-life efficiency of Condensing Hybrid Tankless Water Heaters and found the units consistently at 94% efficiency with little or no degradation due to short draws.  


As a one-stop shop for reputable water heater solutions, you can trust the experts at Water Heater Pro to meet all of your modern water heater needs. We install tankless water heaters with cutting-edge components and materials so you are only receiving the best of the best. If you are ready for endless hot water, you need an endless hot water heater.

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