Water Heater Replacement
If you are thinking of replacing your water heater unit, some myths you might have heard about tankless water heaters. To help you make the right decision we will demystify those myths here and hopefully you will make the right decision when you finally get to choose a new water heater.
As you know tankless heaters are very popular at the moment. They appeal to a wide variety of people including conservationists, home hunters as well as those who are concerned about convenience and comfort.
What makes them so popular is the fact that they are efficient and provide a constant supply of hot water.
In addition, they do not need a lot of space only taking up as much space as a large suitcase.
These features are what drive people to switch from conventional storage heaters to water heater replacement.
In our experience we have come across many clients that have huge expectations of tankless water heaters and in some cases these expectations are not realistic.
Here are some of the myths you should be aware of before deciding to install a tankless water heater system.
They are ‘Plug and Play’
It takes a lot of effort and time to install a tankless water heater. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t just swap them out.
As a homeowner you need to understand that many traditional gas water heaters when installed were not designed to be compatible with a tankless retrofit.
This is not the only challenge we face as plumbers when installing a tankless water heater. In many cases, gas meter, gas piping and gas lining may not be the right size needed to handle the larger gas load that comes with a tankless water heater.
In addition, most traditional natural-draft water heaters do not vent their exhaust similar to a tankless water heater.Also, even though tankless water heaters combust fuel, they still need power to operate.
Most of the time when homeowners are displeased with tankless water heaters, it is because of the above mentioned issues. As a homeowner you need to realize that not all tankless water heaters are the same.
If a tankless water heater is not installed properly not only will it fail to meet expectations, it becomes a safety hazard as well.
Delivers Hot Water Faster
Another myth that some homeowners consider fact it that a tankless water heater delivers heated water to faucets faster than a conventional model. If you have an issue with speed of delivery, that is a separate issue that Plumbing Troopers can look into for you.
The distance between where the tankless water heater is located and the faucetdetermines how quickly you receive hot water. If you want faster delivery you might want to consider placing the tankless water heater closer to your faucet.
You also need to keep in mind that some models only start heating after they sense water flow. This means it might still take time (approximately some few seconds) before you have heated water running from your faucet.
If you think that water is taking unnecessarily too long to get to the faucet, you might want to consider adding a circulation system to the tankless water heater. Most tankless water heater models are designed to have a circulation system fitted after installation without having to connect an additional buffer tank or reconfiguring piping.
Tankless Water Heaters Are The Same
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Even though over the years tankless water heaters have become cost effective and reliable as well as easier to install, there is no escaping the fact that some tankless water heater brands are better than others for specific applications.
Some models are able to produce more heat while keeping the costs of installation and equipment down while other brands tend to have very poor support and have proven to be unreliable. When evaluating the cost of ownership for a tankless water heater you need to factor in the cost of maintenance as some brands frequently require extensive repairs.
From what we have seen here at Plumbing Troopers, even if the quality of the tankless water heater is exceptional, poor workmanship that results in poor installation means that you will not get your money’s worth.
If you are not sure which tankless water heater brands give the best service, get in touch with us and we will give you a couple of recommendations.
You Do not Need A Permit or Inspection to Replace a Water Heater
Requirements change from one State to the next. Here in Florida you are required to have a permit before replacing your tankless water heater. Since you are replacing a conventional water heater with one that is more powerful an inspection is necessary.
Also you need to remember that tankless water heaters vent differently from conventional water heaters.
It is important that you understand the difference between fact and myth before deciding to have a tankless water heater installed.
Water Heater Codes
At Plumbing Troopers we believe in doing everything by the book, that is why we follow codes provided by local authorities to the letter when installing or replacing a water heater.
When we come to inspect your water heater we will let you know if it is up to date with all relevant safety codes.
We will also provide you with State codes that are necessary for your installation.
If you have a ‘closed’ plumbing system, then you will need an expansion tank. An expansion tank is used to harness the increased pressure that comes from water getting heated otherwise it would place too much strain on your water heater and plumbing system.
We use a water pressure PSI test to determine if your home will need an expansion tank or not.
Water Pressure Regulators
If your plumbing system has a pressure above 80 PSI, we will recommend that you install a valve that regulates pressure. Population density and high water pressure go hand in hand. However, you need to know that high water pressure is capable of damaging your fixtures as well as your plumbing system.
Too much PSI can result in cracks appearing on your water heater’s glass lining.
Drains and Pans
We normally recommend that you install a drain line with a drip pan under your water heater’s tank. This is especially if your water heater is located in your basement or any other part of your home’s interior.
A leak in your water heater can result in expensive water damage.
Dedicated Water Shutoff
A dedicated water shutoff is very useful for times when you need to do maintenance on your unit. You will be able to stop the flow of water to your heater but not your home.
GAS WATER HEATER CODES
You are required to have the water heater placed in a particular part of your house. Part of the reason why is because you will need to properly vent your water heater to prevent carbon monoxide emissions from permeating your home.
Codes require that we fit the gas line with a sediment trap. This works to prevent debris and moisture from entering the water heater’s fire chamber.
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