The water sitting in your hot water heater's holding tank is continually being heated and reheated while it waits around to be used. Every time the burner fires or the electric element heats up, it runs up your power bills.
If you want to lower your monthly power bills and only heat the water your family uses, then a tankless water heater is the solution. These point-of-use heaters allow you and your family unlimited access to hot water whenever you need it without having to continually heat water sitting around in a traditional tank.
Tankless water heaters are available in both gas and electric models. If your home has gas service, then that's typically the cheaper option over using electricity because electricity tends to be more expensive per hour to utilize.
Care and Maintenance of Tankless Water Heaters
Other than savings on your power bill, one of the biggest advantages of tankless water heaters is that they don't require very much care or maintenance. All you need to do is make sure they stay in proper adjustment and keep their interior water lines clear of water scale obstructions.
Water Scale and Tankless Water Heaters
In a tank-style water heater, the water comes into the tank through a regular size water line. In a tankless model, the water comes in through a regular size line but then it quickly travels through very small thin water lines similar to those in a car's radiator. If the water isn't high enough quality, then it will clog up the small water lines.
If you live in an area with hard water that contains a lot of calcium, then you will need to install a water softener. Without one, your tankless heater will constantly have problems with mineral clogs and this will absolutely shorten its lifespan.
Removing Water Scale from a Tankless Water Heater
Even if you have stellar water quality where you live, a tankless heater still needs to be flushed out with some vinegar or special cleaner at least once each year. This simple process removes any built up water scale and keeps the water flowing well through the small tubes.
Adjusting a Tankless Water Heater
Lastly, a tankless water heater should be inspected each year by a licensed plumber and adjusted for any minor problems. While you can easily keep it's interior clean of scale with regular cleaning, adjustments to the mechanical parts need to be performed by a plumbing professional.
Contact a company, like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc., for more help.