Tankless Water Heater Installation

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Tankless water heaters are an excellent addition to any home. 888 Heating and Cooling installs gas and electric tankless water heaters.

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

  • Space saver – A tankless water heater is a small unit that mounts to the wall and is about 1/3 of the size of traditional water heaters
  • Energy efficient – traditional water heaters run intermittently to keep 40-50 gallons of water hot continuously so when you turn on the water, hot water comes out. Tankless water heaters only heat the water when the faucet is turned on using only 30-50% energy of regular hot water heaters. That saves hundreds of dollars a year in natural gas and can pay for the unit itself after a couple years of use.
  • Hot water lasts longer – in a busy household a traditional water heater can run out of hot water quickly and you have to wait until it heats more water before additional uses. Most tankless water heaters will stay warm for many more gallons of use
  • Long Life – Tankless water heaters last on average up to 20 years while regular water heaters last between 10-13 years.

Tankless Water Heater Repairs

Get tankless water heater repairs quickly and with no after-hours fees from 888 Heating. As with any other piece of equipment repairs can be needed for tankless systems especially if it was not properly installed. Some of the common water heater repairs are:

  • CORROSION – Corrosion and mineral build up can affect the efficiency of a tankless water heater due to hard water. Tankless water heaters are less susceptible to corrosion than regular hot water heaters but it can happen.
  • DEMAND OVERLOAD – Computer shut down is often caused by an overload of demand all at once. This can happen when the water heater is getting a request from several sources at once and the gas flow cannot keep up especially due to improper installation.
  • COMBUSTION SHUTDOWN – Tankless water heaters have an automatic safety shutdown if the unit gets overheated. This problem is also commonly caused by improper installation.

An HVAC Company That You Can Trust

888 Heating has been serving Denver, Centennial, Parker, and the Front Range for almost 20 years with 35 years of combined experience. You will get a professional job done the first time. We are a 100% Satisfaction guarantee company; 0ur customers come first every time.

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Cost of Tankless Water Heater Installation

The initial cost and installation of a tankless water heater is considerably higher than a traditional hot water heater. Tankless water heaters cost about $3,500 installed compared to regular hot water heaters at $1,500. As mentioned above tankless water heaters cost 30-50% less yearly to run than a regular water heater so the unit will pay for itself quickly. Additionally, a tankless lasts nearly 2/3 longer than a regular water heater.

It is important to note that a consumer should be wary of anyone charging less than the above-mentioned cost to install a tankless system. While this system is very efficient it has different qualifications than regular water heaters. The common handyman should not be performing this type of installation. Tankless water heaters require specific ventilation and gas connections. For the safety and peace of mind for your home make your investment count.

How a Tankless Water Heater Works

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Did you know that your tankless water heater can last for 20+ years?  That is if you maintain it properly.  You should schedule, at least, annual maintenance.  But, if you have really hard water, like most of Colorado, or keep your water temperature very high, you may need to schedule a checkup for your unit every 6 months.

Unlike large, and often noisy, tank water heaters, your tankless unit doesn’t have a storage tank.  The water is directly heated as it flows in from the cold water line in your house.  You turn on the faucet; you turn on your tankless water heater. Using a heat exchanger (the heating element) the water is heated as you need it.  The heat exchanger is commonly gas powered.

Hard Water

Hard water deposits, or scaling, drastically affects your unit and can lead to an early breakdown, if regular maintenance isn’t performed.  Hard water is water that has a high mineral content. Common minerals are Calcium and Magnesium.  Though they are found in water across the country, they are found in much higher concentrations in certain areas.
Scaling affects the heat exchanger.  If it’s not clean, the water isn’t being heated efficiently.  Left unchecked, scaling makes your burners work harder than they should.  This could lead to a costly breakdown.

High Temperature Setting

We all love a nice hot shower on those cold Colorado winter nights.  But did you know that setting your tankless water heater thermostat above 120° can actually lead to scaling?  Calcium and magnesium, like many chemicals, dissolve faster at higher temperatures. Again, this will lead to mineral buildup and your unit will need to be professionally cleaned to perform at peak efficiency.

No matter how well we take care of our homes and the appliances in them, they won’t last forever. Eventually, you will need to replace your tankless system.  Annual or semi-annual maintenance is the key to the longevity of your tankless water heater.
However, if you notice yours failing, it may be due to lack of maintenance.  Ensuring that you schedule a professional checkup, inspection, and cleaning is the only way to be sure your unit lives up to it’s potential.