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 .
We offer rental water heaters at a cheaper price than our competitors, and we can prove it.
Guaranteed we’re not the only water heating company here in Southern Ontario, but that’s a good thing. Competition brings about cheaper prices for consumers. Its fast and simple to Google anything, you can have 10+ companies vying for your business in a single search. We hope you choose us to be one of the few that get an opportunity to offer you a quote.
There is a good chance you have a reliance water heater and you have chosen to rent your system. We offer identical rental water heaters at a reduced cost as well as the new tankless systems.
Your conventional tank type Reliance water heater in the the basement or closet is always running, while you sleep, work, go on vacation, etc. A tankless water heater is an on demand system. That mean the moment you want hot water it turns on until the moment you shut off your tap; it only runs when you need hot water and is completely shut off at all other times.
A Tankless water heater is super efficient as well, up into the high 95 percent plus range. The conventional tank you rent from Reliance is probably only 50 percent efficient at best.
It may be time to move your rental Reliance water heater over to us and get an ultra efficient tankless system at nearly the same price your paying to rent you inefficient model. Reliance has no contracts and no penalties to leave so switching is an easy process.
Give us a call today to discuss your opportunity to get a rental tankless water heater.
Installing a tankless water heater can be a difficult job as such each customer we service receives a custom tankless installation. There are a number of factors that ensure no two jobs are alike and thus each installation is unique.
There are a number of reasons people are upgrading to tankless systems, but it’s important to understand that a tankless might not be right for every situation. Here are a few reasons people are choosing to upgrade.
High efficiency – some tankless units are 98% efficient – that’s future proof.
Unlimited hot water – Jacuzzi’s and body showers take a lot of water that can empty a conventional tank quickly.
Extended Lifespan – a tankless has an expected lifespan of over 20 years.
Space Savings – As homes and condos continue to shrink floor space becomes a premium a tankless mounts to the wall.
Energy savings – 98% means that 98 cents of every dollar you spend is actually used.
Within Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area we are in a rental market for water heaters which is very unfortunate. These systems really aren’t that expensive and when leasing you easily pay for the system 3-5 times over. Some companies within the Greater Toronto Area are offering financing of a tankless but again the fine print is where they get you. We see more home owners regretting their decision and paying between 13% to 18% interest for their tankless. We often recommend that homeowner simply use their line of credit if they are looking to finance a tankless system. The interest rate is much more reasonable and will likely save the homeowner a few hundred bucks or more.
If you’re looking for that custom tankless installation throughout the Greater Toronto Area give us a call and we can have a REP come out to your home, free of charge. The REP will be able to assess your home, gas lines, venting requirements and give you a quote right there on the spot.
If you own a tankless it is important to service your system. A tankless is designed by engineers to have, first and foremost, the heat exchanger and internals scrubbed with a mild acid (vinegar). The vinegar reacts with a buildup that occurs in all pipes and watercourses (scale and lime deposits) effectively eating it away and clearing the heat exchangers and pipes. This scale acts as an insulator significantly reducing the transfer of heat to water. Engineers have also taken many precautions to ensure that internals and parts of a tankless have as few wear points as possible. This has increased the lifespan of a tankless water heater to over 20 years!
Direct Energy and several other large companies that rent water heaters are trying to reduce the tankless emergence. Currently if you’re renting a conventional water heater the system is designed to have a lifespan of around 10 to 12 years. After this point the water heater will have significant buildup inside severely reducing its efficiency. The thing is that none of these companies will push you to replace your system since you are the one paying the gas bill and it only affects your homes energy consumption.
What Can You Do?
That’s easy, call the company your renting your water heater from. They will tell you the buyout costs and the age of the water heater you have. If the system isn’t very old I would recommend you keep the water heater until it reaches its operational lifespan (10-12 years). If your system is already quite old you may simply need to schedule a removal with your water heater rental company. Then start getting quotes for a tankless system.
Once that new tankless is installed make sure you take care of it, have it flushed once every two years at the minimum (or flush it yourself). A flush is simple preventative maintenance that will ensure your system makes it past the expected 20 year lifespan while maintaining its 98% efficiency rating!