It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without a hot water heater in your home. While water heaters allow people to complete many chores in the home and provide comfort and convenience. Hot water is practically a necessity for modern life, from taking showers and baths to doing the dishes. Having a hot water supply tank requires frequent tank maintenance, frequent replacements, and risking water damage if a leak occurs. This is where a tankless water heater and tankless water heater services can benefit homeowners. Having a tankless water heater reduces the need for maintaining, increases efficiency, and helps avoid water damage when repairs are required.
For these reasons, many homes today switch to tankless water heaters. Once the faucet is on, a tankless unit will start to warm up the water, so there’s no need to warm the water up and let it sit in the tank. These units heat the water as it flows through the system to the faucets, and that way they are providing endless amounts of hot water. Craftsman Plumbing has been providing installation and repair services for tankless water heaters in Seattle for many years, and we have been able to witness first-hand the way these systems can benefit households in the area. Whether you already own a tankless hot water heater that needs repair or maintenance, or you are considering an upgrade for your home, we are your reliable source for these services.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
A tankless water heater, sometimes called a demand water heater, is a system that provides instantaneous hot water as it is needed without using a storage tank. They come in both gas and electric models. Gas is the most popular since they are typically more affordable to run, depending on where you live in the Seattle area, and gas units can also produce more hot water per minute, allowing for greater usage.
When you turn on your tap, cold water enters your tankless system, which quickly warms it for your use. Some homeowners install one unit for their whole home, while larger homes may require separate water heaters for different parts of the home or different appliances.
While tankless systems have been around since 1929, they were generally less efficient than tank water heaters. Only within the last two decades have tankless systems become more widely used across Europe, and finally in the United States. Today, they are considered to be a more efficient option for both homes and businesses.
Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
You will find you have more room in your utility closet or basement when you replace your traditional water heater with a space-saving tankless model, so consider adding a water filtration system. Installing a water softening system will help reduce the need for maintenance on your new tankless system by removing lime and other minerals from the water.
There are times when homeowners can take on the task of descaling the lines and water heater themselves. Descaling may be required more often than once a year if you live in an area with very hard water. Tankless units can last twice as long as standard water heaters before replacement if they are properly maintained.
Some tankless units are large enough to service every part of the home at once, while others are small enough that they only provide hot water to a single faucet at once. You can rely on the knowledge of an experienced professional to help you choose the right tankless system for the size of your home and your family’s hot water demands.
Tankless units are a big advantage because they are energy efficient. Because they don’t have to keep a large amount of hot water any time, a homeowner can realize a significant difference in their annual energy bills. Recirculating circuits also recycle heated water so that the water heater does not have to waste fuel or heat more water to meet the needs of the home. It improves a family’s savings further.
Craftsman Plumbing’s Tankless Water Heater Services
Tankless Water Heater Installation
A professional technician can come and install a new tankless system in your home. You might need an electric or gas-powered tankless system, depending on the utility hookups in your home. Whatever type of unit you purchase, don’t attempt to install it yourself, but rather call in a professional to do the job. When the unit is installed, you and your household can have hot water at all times.
Tankless Water Heater Repair
Based on the issue, a malfunctioning device may also need support from a technician. A buildup of scale from mineral deposits can decrease a unit’s operating efficiency. Lines running to and from the device can also be blocked by scale.
Having your unit descaled will solve the issue quickly. A circuit breaker might have been tripped, or the temperature may need to be adjusted if the new unit is either producing water that is lukewarm, or producing no hot water at all. If this does not solve the problem, then it could be that an internal part needs to be replaced. Faulty units approaching their 20-year mark should be replaced with a new one. If you need to speak to a tankless water heater services professional, call Craftsman Plumbing today at (206) 855-6110 for more information or to schedule a consultation.
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance Services
In order to continue working efficiently for 20 or more years, tankless systems need to be taken care of just like any other appliance in the home. These systems are susceptible to scale buildup, mechanical failure, system overload, and more. Regular maintenance, scheduled yearly, can help you avoid many of these problems. Our Club Membership is a great way to get free inspections and save on any repairs.
Call Craftsman Plumbing for Tankless Water Heater Services
Regardless what your tankless water heater needs, a certified expert can help. They can give you an explanation on the differences between standard units and tankless. They can in like manner explain the different brands and sizes to help you with making sense of which units are best for your home. If necessary, a professional technician can install and service the unit properly.
There are many ways that a tankless system can add comfort and convenience to your home. If you have been struggling with limited hot water or high-energy bills, it may be time to consider a change. Craftsman Plumbing is Seattle’s premium choice for tankless gas and electric water heater installation and repair, and we are excited to serve you. Reach out to us to learn about the different types of water heater systems that are available and how we can help.