Tankless Water Heater Problems – Part 1

As a homeowner, you are probably interested in saving money when you can. You clip coupons, compare generic products over name brands, and follow everybody around the house turning off lights. When it comes to making your home more energy efficient, you might keep an eye out for ways to earn a nice tax rebate by improving your house’s functionality. The tankless water heater is one such appliance that helps you save money and keeps your house eco-friendly. Finding the right one for the job could be a chore, however.

What sets apart the tankless heater from conventional water heaters? Obviously the “tankless” description implies the greatest differentiation, but in most cases the tankless model heats water quickly and more efficiently. Some tankless heaters may also come smaller than conventional models, which can save you some space in the utility room. If you are in the market for a new water heater – as these appliances tend to have a life span of around ten years – you need to determine which style will work for you. You will find particularly among the tankless options that there are two distinct styles:

If you want to truly rely upon green resources for your water heating, there are also solar-powered heaters on the market. You may wish to have a professional plumbing mechanic assess your home to see if a solar heater is your best option before you buy, however.

As you shop for options, take note to consider the following qualifications of a quality, high efficiency water heater.

1) What is the heater’s energy source? Will it run on electricity or solar power, or is your home mainly heated by gas? You need to make sure there are no problems with compatibility.

2) How big of a heater do you need? How many sinks and tubs will need hot water? You might use your current heater as a guideline, but if you’re able to find a smaller size that does the same amount of work, you could save on overall costs.

3) Who will install it? You may consider yourself handy around the house, but unless you are experienced with heater installation you may wish to defer to a plumber. The money you spend in labor is worth it as opposed to attempting an install and later paying for repairs.

With your new water heater installed, you have the opportunity to save money and energy.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Virginia Beach plumbers and Norfolk HVAC Services.

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READ THIS! What to do if you have problems with your tankless water heater regardless of brand and how to avoid problems in the first place. Watch this entire video and pay attention to the notes! There is a lot of information and you will notice a recurring theme here. You do not have to suffer; there are people to help you if you need it. Generally when installed properly a professional grade tankless water heater is trouble free, but sometimes things can happen and you should know how to get the help you need if it does.

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Best ways to avoid problems:
1. Stay away from Home Center tankless products! (You’ll get little to no help when needed)
2. ONLY buy from and have installed by a trained, licensed and insured dealer of these machines!
3. Do not attempt to DIY a tankless install. You are putting your family at risk!
4. Read the Tankless 101 article here:

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