Tankless Water Heaters 101
Traditional water heating systems were set on the same dual setup:
1) the storage tank holds a certain amount of water
2) the temperature is heated by a gas or electric heating element.
For several decades, this was the primary water heater installation of choice and water heater repair manuals taught local plumbers to resolve problem areas associated with these systems.
However, as technology advanced so did the water heater. Modern plumbing tech has brought forth the tankless water heater. Currently, it is the newest rave in the industry.
A plumber may refer to tankless water heaters as “on demand” water heaters. The rationale behind the alternative name is due to its function. Tankless water heaters are designed to heat only the water that is needed. This presents a distinct advantage over traditional water heaters that heat water continuously to supply hot water. Thus, tankless water heaters save owners a vast amount of energy.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Heat Water “On Demand”?
The secret behind the tankless system is an extremely powerful heat exchanger. As water flows through your pipes they run through the tankless water heater heat exchanger. When hot water plumbing is turn on, the heat exchanger instantly reacts to transfer heat to the water. As soon as the hot water plumbing in turned off, so does the heat exchanger. Hence, very little to no hot water is wasted with these advanced systems.
Because of the way tankless water heaters are constructed it is always best to consult a professional plumber before having one installed. Drainmasters Plumbing installs tankless water heaters, provides drain cleaning, slab leak repair, and leak detection.