Should I replace my hot water heater with a tankless water heater?
The new energy efficient tankless hot water heater is a great alternative to the old style tank heaters that were so popular just a few years ago. People who love to entertain can now enjoy hot drinks in their very own home from the comfort of their own shower or bath room. They do not have to worry about running out of hot water or being left without hot water for long periods of time. There are many advantages to having a tankless heater including saving money on your utility bills and providing an Eco friendly heating system. Contact Sam’s Gas to learn more about those advantages.
The main advantage of using a tankless heater is that the pilot light is located at the base of the unit and not in the flue like the older style of hot water heater. This way there is no need to open or close the flue as it will not draw in any heat from the atmosphere. No more need for open fires or burning kerosene. The pilot light also makes it easier to install a tankless unit over the old style flues.
Older tank heaters used a pilot light that was on the top of the unit but opened and closed the flue to provide a constant flow of hot water. When you placed a pot on top of it the flame moved up the inside of the pot and brought the hot water up to the surface of the pot. The problem was not only did the pilot light has to remain open to supply the water but it also had to stay on all the time. If you did not watch the flame it would eventually burn out and the hot water would run out of the tank and leak into your house. There was not enough air circulation in the flue to prevent this problem. In fact, you could find the smell of burning fuel somewhere in your house.
Tankless water heaters don’t have these problems. They use a valve similar to a turn valve to maintain pressure in the flue. If there is a problem with the pressure, it is easily taken care of by opening the valve and allowing some fresh air to flow through the system. There is no pilot light, so there are not the same odor and mess associated with older style tank water heaters. A tankless water heater does not create any noise when it is running and it does not burn fuel. It is quiet during the winter and very little to no noise during the summer.
The most important thing to consider if you want to replace your hot water heater is the cost of the replacement. You can save money by doing it yourself. There are many places on the Internet that offer to sell you the parts necessary to perform the job yourself. In fact, there are several guides available that will show you step-by-step how to do this job yourself.
Another important thing to consider is how much money you want to spend. Both of these choices are available and in many different sizes. You can choose the size that best meets your needs. You should consider the cost of installation and fuel costs as well. There are great deals on both of these items online and in your local home improvement stores.