Is your traditional water heater causing problems and you need a better alternative? Or maybe your tankless model needs repair or maintenance services. No matter your situation, Elite Heating & Air has you covered with tankless water heater services.
When you wake up to shower each morning, you expect hot water to flow from the shower head. Or maybe at night you want nothing more than to relax in a hot bubble bath. These daily luxuries become a pipe dream if your water heater is on the fritz.
What Are Tankless Water Heaters, and How Do They Work?
Conventional water heaters need tanks to store hot water. Your appliance draws from your water supply to fill up the tank with gallons of water. Then it uses fuel or electricity to raise the water temperature.
Traditional models constantly use energy to maintain a comfortable temperature. When you turn on the hot water faucet, you draw warm water from the tank’s supply. The heater replenishes the water supply after each use.
After a tankless water heater installation, you’ll enjoy hot water on demand. Gas and electric tankless water heaters only draw and heat water when you need it. On-demand hot water saves energy because the heater doesn’t constantly work to keep a water supply at your preferred temperature. Rather, it heats the water during each use.
7 Advantages of Installing a Tankless Water Heater
Elite Heating & Air’s water heater technicians know how customers’ lives improve once they take the leap and transition to a tankless model. These sophisticated heating models prevent needless stress while saving you money and time. Learn why we recommend replacing outdated water heaters with energy-efficient, space-saving tankless models during our plumbing services.
Lower Utility Bills
When a traditional water heater stores warm water, it loses lots of energy when in standby mode. Uninsulated traditional tanks are especially susceptible to this type of energy loss.
However, tankless water heaters don’t produce hot water unless prompted to do so. Therefore, they lose less energy by maintaining a warm water temperature, resulting in lower utility bills.
Have you ever wished you could reclaim the space taken by your traditional water heater? The cumbersome tank often requires its own closet or corner of the basement. A tankless water heater takes up less space because it doesn’t use a tank to store hot water.
You can repurpose that old closet as a storage area or increase your basement space to work on home improvement projects. Whatever you choose, you can keep your home a little tidier with more storage to spare.
Traditional water heaters store gallons upon gallons of hot water in their tanks. Combining heat and moisture in a confined space is a recipe for bacterial growth and sediment buildup. The tank gradually fills with mineral deposits that could begin to stink over time.
Since tankless heaters only deliver hot water when needed, they’re not prone to bacterial growth. You also won’t be shocked by unpleasant smells as you take your morning or evening shower.
Better for the Environment
A tankless water heater requires less energy to operate than its traditional counterpart. It also reduces waste since you’ll never have to flush it for maintenance.
Since tankless models last longer, they won’t go to a landfill as quickly. Thus, you’ll use fewer resources, which is good for the planet.
Electric or Gas Options
Gas or electric? The choice is yours. If you already have gas lines connected to your water heater, you can install a new tankless heater that matches your fuel preferences. You can also select an electric heater to replace your electric traditional model.
Traditional heater tanks are made of metal. Metal gradually corrodes over time and develops rusty areas. As the rusted spots get thinner, water gradually leaks from the tank.
Traditional water heaters also have valves, seals, and other components that retain the water supply in the tank. These parts weaken as they age, allowing water to gradually escape.
A tankless water heater has fewer valves and seals with no tank. Fewer components mean fewer surprise puddles and repair services.
Having fewer components not only reduces the need for water heater repair services but also shortens your maintenance to-do list. If you own a traditional heater, you likely schedule tank flushes annually to prevent mineral buildup and keep the water supply fresh.
After your tankless water heater is installed, you only need to schedule maintenance services every three to five years. However, we suggest testing your water’s mineral content first to determine the required frequency.
Hard water with high levels of calcium, sodium, and magnesium can still create sediment buildup in the pipes. You might need more frequent maintenance depending on the analysis results.
Differences Between Tankless and Traditional Water Heaters
The differences between traditional water heaters and tankless water heaters stretch beyond the bulky water tank. Here are some important ways these two models differ:
- Stored vs. on-demand: Have you ever taken a relaxing shower only for a waning water supply to rush you out of the bathroom? Tankless heaters eliminate these inconveniences by providing water when you need it.
- Constant operation vs. rest between uses: A traditional heater must constantly work to keep water at the desired temperature, causing excess wear and tear. Tankless heaters don’t run between uses, reducing demand and premature damage.
- Wait times: If other members of your household bathed before you, they likely used most of the hot water supply. You’ll have to wait for the fresh supply to warm up before you shower if you have a traditional water heater. On the other hand, tankless water heaters let you shower whenever you want by providing hot water on demand.
- Lifespan: Limited operation time and reduced wear and tear significantly lengthen a tankless heater’s lifespan. Regular heaters last 10 to 15 years with proactive servicing while their tankless counterparts can easily last up to 20 years.
Tankless Water Heater Repair Services
If you’re already a proud owner of a cutting-edge tankless water heater, you might need occasional assistance from our plumbing experts to maintain operation. While tankless heaters need fewer services, they still benefit from regular maintenance and prompt repair services. Some common issues we diagnose and fix include:
- System overloads: Too many plumbing fixtures using hot water at once can overload your tankless water heater.
- Low water pressure: Dirty water filters or clogged aerators can significantly reduce water pressure.
- Leaks: Leaks are less common in tankless water heaters. However, they can still occur.
- Mineral buildup: Minerals gradually collect in the pipes and heating system, causing corrosion and other problems.
Choose Elite for Reliable Tankless Water Heater Installation & Repair Services
Residents in Sarasota and surrounding Florida counties trust Elite Heating & Air for tankless water heater repair services and emergency plumbing assistance. Call 941-241-3854 to transform your daily routine with a tankless water heater.
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