Are you fed up with running out of hot water? That won’t be an issue ever again with new and efficient tankless units. Tankless boilers heat up the water only when you need it. Here’s what you need to know about installing and living with a tankless water heater in Markham.
The usual way how households in Markham heat water is extremely inefficient. We fill up large water storage tanks, and keep the water at a high temperature constantly, every day all year around to make sure that we have hot water available when we need it.
But in some cases, it just doesn’t work. If a family member takes a long shower or a hot bath, it can empty the water tank. It takes a long time and energy to refill the storage tank and reheat the water inside.
The corrosive effects of the stagnant water will slowly break down the water storage tank. Limescale build up will significantly decrease the energy efficiency of the unit. Rust can colour the water to brown, and eventually will cause a leak. In average a tank unit will fail in 8 to 12 years.
Why choose a Tankless Water Heater
It generates hot water only when you need it and only for as long as you need it. The interrupted operation can save 27 to 50 percent of energy costs compared to tank heaters.
In a tankless unit there’s no tank to fail, and almost no chance of a leak. Since their introduction on the North American market in the 1990s, tankless heaters are improving and getting more and more features such as notification systems to tell the user exactly when the unit requires maintenance.
What you need to Know About Tankless Water Heaters
To install a tankless water heater unit in Markham, you must contact a professional technician from Novel Care. He will make sure to have leak-free water, vent, and gas connections. The installation may require access to the circuit-breaker panel and wiring upgrades.
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance Services
Besides installation, Novel Care provides professional maintenance services in Markham. The tankless water heater maintenance includes cleaning or changing filters, and checking the burner.
Tap water in Markham is considered to be hard. It has about 123 milligrams per litre, or 8.6 Grains per Gallon of dissolved minerals. A vinegar flush every 500 hours can keep the limescale build up from clogging the tankless unit’s heat exchanger.
A tankless water heater will usually last for 20 years or more, two or three times longer than traditional tank type water heaters.
Tankless Water Heaters Pros and Cons
PRO: Compact design
New tank type water heaters are bigger as regulations require thicker insulation to reduce standby heat loss.
They may won’t be able to fit in the place of the old water heater of the same capacity. Tankless water heaters are about the size of a suitcase and be hung on the wall.
PRO: Safer operation
Unlike a tank water heater, they won’t spill gallons of water if they have a leak. They don’t harbor harmful bacteria, and can’t tip over. As the air-supply and exhaust vents are completely sealed, carbon monoxide can’t leak into the house.
PRO: Easy winter preparation
Cottage owners are familiar with the long and inconvenient task of draining the stagnant water from a tank water heater before leaving the house for the winter. With the help of a compressor, you can drain a tankless heater in a few seconds.
CON: They take longer to deliver hot water
If you expect peaks in your hot water usage, you may need to install several systems or stay with a traditional storage tank to avoid running out of hot water suddenly.
CON: High upfront cost
Compared to traditional tank-type heaters, a tankless gas heater may save you only about $100 per year, depending on the unit’s efficiency and your hot water demands. However, as these new tankless units last longer, the savings will be visible after a few years, about when a tank water heater would experience failures.