A tankless water heater creates hot water as you use it, thus the system will never run out. Some tankless units are made to supply one shower at a time, these lower BTU systems are ideal for cottage use here in Ontario. For residential or commercial units we recommend that a tankless have a bare minimum BTU of 150,000 in Toronto and areas.
Tankless Energy Savings
Most older conventional type tanks have an efficiency rating well below 60 percent. According to a recent study by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Commission, tankless water heaters reduce energy costs by an average of 46%. This increase in energy savings can be up to $150 per year.
In addition to increased efficiency tankless water heaters also have much longer life spans than hot water tanks. Your conventional 40 or 50 gallon tank likely has an 8 year warranty and has a steel tank (not stainless steel) which will rust through in about 12 years. Tankless systems are made with copper or stainless steel and can last for 20 years or more.
How much do tankless water heaters cost?
Smaller tankless units with an efficiency of between 80 and 85 percent cost about $2000 to $2750 installed, depending on brand and your homes venting requirements. A larger model with an efficiency of between 94 and 98 percent usually cost about $3000-$4500, again this is highly dependent on your home and the model you choose.
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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
Your tankless water heater is built to last more than 20 years, ensuring that it runs smoothly and maintains its efficiency requires regular maintenance. Here are some of the services that should be completed regularly, usually at the same time your tankless is flushed.
Flush the unit
Inspect the fan
Inspect the gas manifold system
Clean the igniter and flame rod(s)
Remove and inspect the servo valves and ensure proper movement
Inspect flow sensor and check for damage
Pull the venting and inspect the exchanger for condensate damage or corrosion
A tankless does have quite a few parts but all can be fixed or replaced with great tankless service.
If you have any tankless error codes or any issues give us a call and we can help trouble shoot your system. If all else fails we can have a tankless service technician come out and diagnose your system.
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