Tankless water heaters (also called demand water heaters) heat water on demand using a powerful gas burner or electric heating element. They don’t need or use a storage tank. This frees up some space in your home and allows you more options of where to install the tankless water heater. Here are some tips.
High Water Demand Outlets
Every home has them — faucets that seem to take forever to turn hot. They are generally located far away from the water heater, which means the heat from hot water is being absorbed by the water pipes. Look for an installation space closest to the appliances that use most of the hot water in your home. You’ll save energy and use less water.
Whether gas-fueled or electric, all tankless water heaters need a plumbing line. If you’re installing your tankless water heater in the same place as the old system, you probably won’t have to make any plumbing modifications. This reduces the cost and time of installation.
Gas-fueled tankless water heaters need a gas line and a good safe area for venting fumes. Like the plumbing line, if you need to make modifications to the gas line, your installation costs go up. Though, in some instances, it’s necessary to make modifications. If you use a gas furnace for heating your Orlando home and the gas line is shared with the tankless water heating unit, you may not have adequate gas supply to run both systems efficiently at the same time.
Venting for Gas-Burning Systems
If you’re replacing a gas-burning storage water heater, then you’re familiar with the venting requirements of gas systems. Consult your HVAC technician to see if your current venting system will suffice for the new tankless unit. For installing new venting, an attached garage works well since you don’t need to worry about extended freezing temperatures damaging the tankless water heater in the Orlando area.
To schedule an evaluation for the best place to install your tankless water heater, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We’ve served Orlando area residents since 1969. Give us a call today!
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