There is a new start-up company from the US that is producing what they call a new tankless water heater. The Heatworks Model 1 appears to be a point of use electric instant water heater. We haven’t tested or have even seen their product but we feel there are a few things to clarify.
Although it is tankless it is important to realize that this a small point of use system.
It is also electric, and here in Ontario we pay some of the highest prices for electricity.
They don’t address incoming water temperatures as well as hot water output.
What Is Interesting
They claim to have eliminated anodes that are the prime source of heat in a conventional electric water heater. Additionally those anodes are most commonly the area of failure due to calcium and lime build up. The calcium and lime accretion is an issue in all water heaters but so far the tankless system deals with it the best by building in the ability to isolate the affected areas and flush them out. The Heatworks Model 1 uses graphite electrodes, which they imply eliminates the issue of calcium and lime build up. Since graphite is a dry lubricant, deposits will not adhere to it. Additionally, ISI’s patented heating method, Joule heating, completely eliminates the high temperatures that cause scale and mineral buildup. If this is accurate they would likely have a revolution in water heaters in their hands. Your conventional electric tank type water heater loses 2% efficiency per year due to the insulating effects the calcium cause on heating elements.
Will It Work In Ontario
This hasn’t been addresses on their website. In fact they leave a lot of details out regarding the system they are building. We have contacted them in hopes of clarifying some of the issues we have mentioned. Hopefully we can get a demo model to test here at our office.
They have contacted us and addressed all the questions we had regarding the system. A test model has be offered once available and we will be certain to provide a full overview of the system. We are excited with this new technology and cant wait to perform a full review.
In the mean time check out their website and their funded Kickstarter .
It used to be easy for Ontario home owners to select their whole home tankless water heater as only 2 maybe 3 systems would be sufficient. Today things have changed and there are numerous tankless water heaters as well as conventional tank type water heaters that are not only super highly efficient but also offer an endless supply of hot water.
We are going to try and give you an overview of the best tankless systems available today.
As the chart above indicates…. There are a lot of choices for home owners. For the most part the systems listed are the best available here in Ontario. There are numerous other brands that dealers or HVAC sales technicians might try to push on you but the one listed are tried and tested for our cold winters.
Budget will probably be the biggest factor in determining which will be the best tankless system for your home. Give us a call and we can give you some rough prices over the phone and can offer exact tankless prices with a free installation inspection (we have to see the gas lines, venting run, venting termination, etc before we can be certain any tankless can be installed).
We have received a number of calls from past Enwise customers who have purchased a tankless water heater, a furnace, an air conditioner, or some other piece of mechanical equipment. They always ask about their Enwise warranty and what The companies bankruptcy means for them. The answer is easy but it is important to everyone.
Many HVAC companies offer extend warranties on top of the equipment manufactures specifications. These extend warranties (like the Enwise warranty) can be set up in a few different ways, but most are done though the actual HVAC company. This can be risky as you rely on the company to provide coverage if an issue arises, but there is no guarantee the company will be around in 10 years. This is exactly what happened in the case of Enwise warranty, the extended warranty that some customers purchased was effectively erased the moment they went bankrupt.
But… Every customer still maintains their system warranty from the manufacturer, which in most cases is really quite good. You are not bound to any one company and as long as they are a recognized dealer of a certain brand all warranty work can be done by any company, it’s you, the home owner’s choice. Thus, if you are a past Enwise customer all of your equipment is still covered under the manufactures warranty, you just need to choose another company to perform the scheduled maintenance and warranty work should the need arise.
The one catch is maintenance; you need to make sure that maintenance on your furnace, tankless, air conditioner or other system is done according to the systems manual. If you forgo any maintenance and you experience some type of system failure your warranty is null and void. So follow your scheduled maintenance and know that what happened to the extended Enwise warranty customers very well could happen to you. It’s better safe than sorry.
We can perform maintenance on all pieces of equipment and systems.
Prices start at $119
CALL (647) 925-1930 should you have any questions or to schedule an appointment