The service valves on a tankless are essential for cleaning the insides of your tankless. The valves allow an easy method of changing the incoming and outgoing water from one source to another. Why would you need this feature? Well your tankless is designed to last more than 20 years and this requires that the scale and lime buildup that forms on the inside of the system is flushed or cleaned out. The scale forms fastest in situations where water is rapidly heated, so the heat exchanger is the primary location of buildup.
It is not mandatory that these service valves are installed but any good contractor will have included them in the price and if you have a tankless you probably have some already.
The Service Valves Use
Cleaning your tankless requires you to shut the fuel source down, unplug the unit, switch the incoming and outgoing water over with the service valves. Then you can simply hook up some hoses to the in and out ports on the service valves and pump vinegar or some acidic solution though the tankless. The acid eats the scale and restores the tankless to its original efficiency.
Scale buildup quickly reduces the efficiency of your tankless by significantly slowing the transfer of heat to water.
So if you have a tankless tank a quick peek at your system and see of your contractor or installer included the service valves. If not, don’t worry they can always be installed after the fact. Give us a call and we can install some and flush your tankless at the same time.
Service Valves Specifications
3/4″ union connections
Colour coded handles and unions
Staggered connection points to easy access and installation
That crusty buildup on your faucets, shower heads, and dishwasher is lime scale buildup. It forms when water passes through your fixtures, and reduces the functionality and efficiency of your household appliances. Conventional water heaters have been known to accumulate as much as 20 lbs of scale buildup over their lifetime. With the application of heat, scale buildup occurs more readily, accelerating the process and causing more problems. A conventional water heater loses more than 2% efficiency per year because of this buildup, which acts as an insulator preventing proper heat exchange. A tankless water heater is just as susceptible, but a simple built-in system allows the buildup to be removed, returning the water heater to its original efficiency.
We offer tankless cleanings and recommend you have your system flushed once a year to maintain its highest efficiency. This is a relatively quick process taking about an hour to complete. In addition to a flush, we inspect the system’s igniter, flame sensor, fan, and venting system to ensure everything is in tip top shape.
Go Tankless services the Greater Toronto Area, including Newmarket, Aurora, Bradford. If you have any questions about our service area call us and we will discuss your location.
Descaling your tankless is incredibly important. You purchased a high efficiency unit for a reason-Keep it that way! Lime scale may reduce your tankless’ efficiency rating by more than 3 percent per year. Have your unit flushed regularly to continue to enjoy your energy savings!
We offer tankless cleaning and flushing for only $139.
A tankless cleaning and descaling only takes around an hour but will bring your system back to its original efficiency.
Give us a call now and we can set up an appointment that’s convenient for you.