Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are quite popular these days. Almost always they require that the existing steel gas line be upsized to accommodate the often times 4 fold gas demand increase. This is rarely done by plumbing firms, because homeowners don’t know the requirements and most plumbing firms who install these do not obtain the required city building permit so an inspector with the city who has no financial interest in shortcuts independently scrutinizes the installation procedure. Undersizing a gas line is negligent and can at best cause poor water heater performance or worse cause damage to your new tankless water heater since manufactures normally do not cover damage from negligent, illegal installations.
There are some potential advantages, such as a tankless water heater has neither a storage tank to keep heated all day, nor a pilot light, it burns natural gas only when you need hot water. This eliminates much standby heat loss, which depending on the weather can be as high as 3-4% every hour for storage tank type water heaters. This higher efficiency can allow you to save money off your utility costs.
There are some drawbacks to tankless water heaters such as the gas line size issue. After an inspection and evaluation, our plumbing professionals will discuss these during your consultation so that you can make an informed decision. If you decide you want the endless supply of hot water heater in a very compact, space saving long life heater, we know exactly how to competently and safely accomplish such with quality models by Bradford White and Takagi.
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