If you’ve been having trouble with your conventional hot water heater running out of hot water or you think it's time to upgrade your home’s water heater, there is no better time to consider switching to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters have been developed over the years to engineer out the inherent shortcomings of hot water tanks. A tankless water heater provides instant and endless hot water to your home and its occupants. At Valley Plumbing Pros, we’re your one-stop-shop for tankless water heater installation, repair, and maintenance too!
Sticking with your traditional tanked unit? We can help with that too! Be sure to ask about our water heater service today.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
A conventional hot water tank heats water and stores it for later use. This process is energy-wasting because water is being constantly heated even when it isn’t in use. A tankless water heater uses electricity or gas to provide instant hot water whenever it is demanded.
To accomplish this, a tankless water heater has flow sensors that determine when there is a demand for hot water. When demand is sensed, a powerful burner ignites and quickly heats the water as it is flowing through the heater. The burner keeps heating water until the flow sensors determine that there is no demand. When no more hot water is needed, the burner shuts off and saves you energy.
Are Point of Use Water Heaters Better Than Conventional Systems?
Tankless water heaters have been around for a while, but only recently have customers started to realize their benefits. Since the technology has been field-tested over several decades, the result is a reliable technology that performs better than a traditional hot water tank. Some of the benefits include:
- Longevity: On-demand water heaters last around 20 years. That’s twice what a traditional system is expected to last. This is due to the fact that it isn’t constantly heating water while sitting idle.
- Low Operating Cost: Tankless water heaters don’t waste energy by heating water when it isn’t necessary. Most customers see major reductions in utility bills.
- Endless Hot Water: Since there is no tank that needs to be reheated after water is drawn from it, it can provide endless hot water for showers or cleaning. That way you don’t have to plan running your dishwasher around your bath time.
- Environmentally-Friendly: Because they use less energy, instant water heaters are more environmentally friendly than a traditional water tank.
The Importance of Tankless Water Heater Maintenance
Like any appliance, maintenance helps you get the best performance out of your new tankless water heater. The good news is, on-demand water heaters require less maintenance than a traditional water heater. At Valley Plumbing Pros, we perform tankless water heater maintenance as it is required by manufacturers.
This generally entails a detailed inspection, which includes checking the heating elements inside your unit. Additionally, a maintenance appointment will also include flushing the system every year or so to prevent scale build-up and checking the burner for efficient operation.
Looking to protect your new system? Be sure to ask about our water softener installations to keep hard water and mineral buildup from inside your system.
Call Us for All Your Tankless Water Heater Needs!
Valley Plumbing Pros has been helping Merced residents save money and switch to more environmentally-friendly options for over a decade. Our upfront and honest pricing ensure that you know exactly what to expect from our service and that you won’t be paying hidden costs. We guarantee all of our work so that you have nothing else to worry about. Our technicians are on call a day for your convenience.