Tankless Water Heater Installation & Repair Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, FL
Installing tankless water heaters begins with removing the traditional water heater tank and replacing it with an electric or gas heating unit to heat water directly. Also known as “on-demand” water heaters, tankless water heaters heat only the water needed as it travels through the heating unit to the tap for immediate use. Anytime you aren’t using hot water, no energy is wasted on heating it. On average, homeowners can save up to 35% of heating costs with a correctly installed tankless water heater. At General Plumbing, we can give you an endless supply of hot water when you need it while saving you money and helping you conserve water and energy.
How do I get a tankless water heater installed?
Tankless water heaters must be installed by a licensed, qualified technician to assure the warranty remains valid based on the manufacturer’s specifications for installation. Installation of a tankless water heater may also require obtaining a permit and meeting building code requirements. At General Plumbing, our West Palm Beach plumbing technicians can take care of the process and assure you top performance without hassle.
What do I look for in a tankless water heater?
Where in your house do you need hot water? Some homeowners prefer a single point water heater for one appliance they don’t use every day, while others who live in smaller homes opt for whole-house tankless water heaters. Either way, it’s important to determine where in your home you want your new water heater located and how many gallons of water it is expected to handle daily. Our experienced West Palm Beach technicians can help you determine what unit meets your needs.
Tankless Water Heater Repair
Installing a tankless water heater can save West Palm Beach area homeowners a great deal of time and money on repairs because, when properly maintained, tankless water heaters can last for up to twenty years with only a few parts wearing out and needing replacement. If you find your water isn’t heating properly, contact General Plumbing of West Palm Beach today for tankless water heater repairs on most major brands. If you’re ever in need of professional plumbing services for your business or residence from a reputable commercial plumbing company, call General Plumbing today.
Tankless Water Heater Installation Cost
The total installation cost for a tankless water heater will vary depending on the type of system you are having installed and the overall scope of the job. For an average household, a 199,000 BTU gas tankless water heater is sufficient. However, with more people living in the house, a larger water heater may be required to provide hot water everywhere needed fully.
Consumers can also take advantage of certain tax credits on tankless water heater systems. Systems with the Energy Star symbol are considered energy-efficient appliances by the government, so you can save money. While tankless heaters are more expensive to install than a conventional water heater, they are a worthy investment for any household
Tankless Water Heater Efficiency
For a household that uses 41 gallons or less of hot water on a daily basis, a tankless water heater is often 24-34% more efficient than a conventional heater system. An average tank water heater system requires standby energy while it stores heated water for use, which is a significant loss for households. A tankless system, on the other hand, does not have such a standby mode, so you can save energy each month.
The initial cost of a tankless water heater is usually greater than a conventional system, but the unit will quickly pay for itself over time. With a life expectancy of over 20 years, a tankless system has easily replaceable parts and requires less energy to run as intended efficiently. The benefits are quite clear, and more homes are switching to tankless water heaters than ever.
Tankless Water Heater Replacement
Are you currently considering replacing your tankless water heater? If so, it’s possible that your new tankless water heater can be installed in the same spot as your old water heater. Tankless water heaters can be installed virtually anywhere in your home, as long as there is enough combustion air flow present in the room. These types of heaters are typically installed in utility rooms, basements, attics, or storage areas.
If you have further questions about your tankless water heater replacement, the skilled plumbing technicians at General Plumbing are here to help. Call or contact us today to find out more about our top-notch plumbing services!
1. Will I get instant hot water with a tankless water heater?
No, you will not get instantaneous hot water from a tankless water heater, but it doesn’t take long for the hot water to flow through. The reason for the 10-15 second delay is that the flow sensor that initiates the hot water “wakes up” each time it is turned on. Rather than a tank system where the heated water is already heated and waiting to flow through the pipes, there is a short delay with the tankless system. A properly sized electric tankless water heater can provide up to about 3-3.5 gallons a minute in a colder climate, and up to 8 gallons a minute in a warm climate area, like North Texas.
2. What is the difference between a gas tankless water heater and an electric tankless water heater?
We get this question pretty often. An electric tankless water heater will typically cost a few hundred dollars less than a gas heater in the upfront cost as well and be a cheaper installation cost. The flow rate is the same, but a gas tankless water heater will usually be a little cheaper to operate, but this depends on the pricing of natural gas. Those with a gas heater will want to keep to the maintenance schedule and make sure proper venting is in place since the gas unit does produce greenhouse gasses. The electric heater, on the other hand, requires no venting.
3. Where do I install my tankless water heater?
One of the nice things about a tankless water heater is that it takes up so much less space than a conventional hot water heater. This means there is a greater degree of flexibility regarding when the tankless water heater can be installed. As long as the necessary hookups can be provided, a tankless water heater can be installed in a utility room, garage, basement, attic, or placed on an outside wall. Not only that, but they could also be installed in locations where a storage water heater may not fit. If you have a specific place in mind, give us a call, and we’ll see what works for you.
4. How do I ensure that I select a tankless water heater in the appropriate size for my home?
First of all, you need to determine the flow rate and temperature rise your home may require. This could include the entire house or just a bathroom. If you expect to run a hot water faucet and a shower head simultaneously, you will require at least 3.26 gallons of water per minute. You can reduce the flow rate by installing low-flow water fixtures in your home, which actually reduce the size of tankless water heater you require. However, you should never attempt to save a few bucks by under-sizing a tankless water heater; this will cost you more in the long run. If you are unsure how to calculate water flow and temperature rise, call in a professional from General Plumbing to handle the matter.
5. Are tank heaters less efficient than tankless heaters?
A traditional water heater will store and preheat anywhere from 30 to 50 gallons of water in the tank. The preheated water is depleted when someone uses the shower, does a load of laundry, or washes the dishes. You will then need to wait for the tank to refill and reheat the water. On the other hand, a tankless water heater uses an electric or gas heat source to heat water on-demand, so water is always available. Tankless heaters are indeed more efficient than tank heaters, though they also cost more to install. Take your home’s specific needs into consideration when you’re choosing between a tank or tankless water heater.