Electric and Gas Tankless Water Heaters Jackson, MS
For more than 20 years, tankless water heaters have been extremely popular throughout Europe and Asia. They’re becoming more popular in the U.S. as people keep a closer eye on their expenditures. A tankless water heater installation will help you save substantial money on your energy bill each month and will also eliminate many of the concerns associated with tank-type models. We tankless water heater installation and repair at Environment Masters. Our experts are ready to bring you new levels of convenience and reliability.
Tankless Water Heater Installation
A tankless water heater is a great option to heat the water in your home or business you may not have previously considered. If the time has come for you to replace your old, conventional model, think about going tankless. There are models available in both gas and electric, and your tankless water heater installation can be taken care of quickly and efficiently.
These are just a few of the benefits offered by tankless water heaters:
- Instant hot water: You no longer have to wait for your shower or faucet water to become hot, which can be a major annoyance. Not only that, but your supply of hot water will also be unlimited.
- Increased space: A tankless water heater is a fraction of the size of a conventional model, so you can use the space taken up by your old tank for storage or anything else you like.
- Lower energy bills: While a tank-type model has to continually heat water, a tankless unit only heats on demand. Your long-term energy savings will be significant as a result.
- Durability: Conventional models only last about 7-10 years. In comparison, tankless models can last 20-25 years or more.
- Tankless Water Heater Repair
- While tankless water heaters are extremely reliable and durable, they’re not immune to developing issues just like anything else. The following are some of the issues which will require tankless water heater repair:
- Water temperature fluctuation: If the input filter is filled with debris or otherwise faulty, a repair may be needed. This could also result in a reduction in water flow.
- A buildup of minerals: If your home has hard water, minerals can gradually accumulate and can lead to several different problems. You should periodically have an expert clean your system; you should also have your water treated with a water softener.
- Improper venting: You should only hire a qualified, experienced technician to install your tankless unit. One of the main reasons is if the B-vent is improperly installed, the heat exchanger could be damaged due to acidic condensation.
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance
As with any household system, it’s important to be conscientious of routine and annual maintenance for your tankless water heater. This includes keeping an eye out for scale buildup on your tankless water heater. What looks like a light coating of limescale buildup can seriously impact the efficiency of the system in your home. If left unchecked, such buildup can cause longer burner cycles, leading to a strained system and a shorter overall lifespan on your tankless water heater. As with most situations, limescale buildup will differ based on the quality of the water being used, location, use amount, etc. Consider scheduling a time for a trusted local professional to come and service your water heater on an annual basis to check for scale buildup and other potential issues.
Tankless Water Heater Replacement
While a typical residential tank water heater can last for around 10 to 13 years, tankless water heaters are estimated to last up to 20 years when taken care of properly. If you’re planning to stay in your home for a while, investing in a tankless water heater can save you serious money down the line. Remember, you are replacing a 40,000 BTU water tank with something that uses up to 199,999 BTU’s of gas, so it will produce exhaust and carbon monoxide, and it vents completely differently from your conventional water heater. It’s best to have an experienced professional install or replace your tankless water heater.
Tankless Water Heater Energy Efficiency
Tankless water heaters are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. It’s no wonder; you get better efficiency and endless hot water with a unit that takes up much less space than a conventional water heater. By only heating water when it’s needed, a tankless water heater can save a family a considerable amount of money each year on their utility payments. That’s because a standard tank-type water heater consumes energy continually in order to keep the water in its tank hot. Tankless water heaters only heat water when you turn on the hot water somewhere in your home.
Tankless Water Heater Repair
To keep your tankless water heater running smoothly, you need to stay on top of both routine maintenance and timely repairs. By catching problems in their early stages, you can save on more costly repairs. Some common reasons for water heater malfunction include:
- Significant sediment and/or limestone buildup
- A broken temperature sensor
- Frozen pipes
- Insufficient pressure from the gas valve
- Debris in the unit’s fan
- Low water pressure
If you need assistance with your tankless water heater, don’t hesitate to call Environment Masters today! Our team can handle any type of water heater repairs. We can be reached at (601) 353-4681.
Benefits of Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters can save money for you and your family in the long run, but you’ll need to expect initial costs to be higher than those for tank models. A tankless water heaters uses about 30-50% less energy than a conventional water heater, which can save a family around $100 or more per year, depending on their water usage.
Tankless units only heat water when you turn on the faucet or shower. The main advantage is that a tankless water heater eliminates the cost of keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank. This means you waste less energy keeping heated water that goes unused. Tankless water heaters also offer a continuous supply of hot water, which means you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll have enough hot water to fill up your tub after a long day’s work. Arguably the top reason why tankless systems have becomes so popular is that they’re more compact than a standard water heater and mount on a wall, allowing you to install them just about anywhere.
Can it be installed in the same place my old water heater was installed?
The nice thing about a tankless water heater is that they take up considerably less space than a conventional water heater with a storage tank. You can install a new tankless water heater where your old storage tank was as long as enough combustion air is provided. Depending on the type of tankless water heater, proper ventilation will also need to be in place. Tankless water heaters require special venting to blow hot exhaust gas outside, where it dissipates. You’ll want to keep these things in mind as you select the location for your new tankless water heater installation.
What safety device is used to prevent overheat failure of the heat exchanger?
Some manufacturers of tankless water heaters offer a film wrap that is wound around the entire heat exchanger. This film wrap monitors the temperature of the heat exchanger and will shut the unit down automatically if it exceeds a safe temperature. A heat exchanger will overheat when not enough airflow is getting through the heat exchanger to the conditioned space. A sign that this is the problem with your heat exchanger is a short cycling burner. The heat exchanger gets so hot that the limit control turns off the burner but the fan continues to deliver heat. The burner will continue to come back on and perpetuate this on/off cycling until the thermostat is satisfied. The high temp limit is there to protect your unit from overheating.
Does a tankless water heater have a pilot light?
No, there is no standby pilot light in an electric-powered tankless water heater. Gas model tankless water heaters use natural gas or propane to heat the water, but electricity is required for the digital remote and to power the PC board, which controls the heater. Since there is no standby pilot light, electric tankless water heaters use an electronic direct ignition, which engages when the hot water is turned on in the home. Electricity consumption is very minimal. However, although gas-fired tankless water heaters tend to have higher flow rates than electric ones, they can waste energy if they have a constantly burning pilot light.
What size tankless water heater is best for my needs?
Undersizing a tankless water heater is a common mistake. It depends on the size of your home, how many bathrooms you have, and how many appliances you plan to use simultaneously. You can start to get an idea of the size of water heater you’ll need by looking at flow rate. Calculate how much hot water you need at any time. This is calculated in gallons per minute or GPM. For example, if you typically have one shower running, plus a dishwasher and the clothes washer, you have a flow rate of 3.5-7.5 GPM. Find out the average ground temperature for your area and take that into account when figuring out how much your tankless water heater will have to work in order to provide you and your family with the amount of hot water you’ll need. Use your GPM and required temperature rise to determine which units will meet your needs.
How many gallons of hot water per minute will the tankless water heater produce?
This all depends on the tankless water heater you choose. The typical tankless water heater puts out 2.5 to 5 gallons per minute, depending on usage. Gas tankless water heaters are able to produce a larger temperature rise per GPM than electric models. Most demand water heaters are rated for a variety of inlet temperatures. Typically, a 70°F water temperature rise is possible at a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute through gas-fired demand water heaters and 2 gallons per minute through electric water heaters. Keep in mind that the more heat the water requires, the slower the flow rate.
What is the average temperature for bathing, showering, and washing hands?
It can be difficult to accurately answer what the average water temperature is in households for bathing, showering, and washing hands, as everyone has their own preferences. Some prefer hot showers and some cooler. However, the recommended hot water temperature from the Department of Energy is no more than 110-120 degrees as a setting for your water heater. Temperatures higher than 120 degrees can cause scalding burns in under 5 minutes. Not only is a higher temperature potentially dangerous, it wastes energy and causes you to have higher utility bills and can shorten the lifespan of your tankless water heater.