Should I go tankless?
— Be more energy efficient! Only heat up the water you need when you need it.
— Be more compact! No massive tank clogging up your closet or garage!
— Be more consistent! Endless hot water which doesn’t run out between showers!
— Be cost efficient! Even though the upfront cost can be more, the return on your investment can be surprisingly high.
When you are trying to select the perfect tankless water heater for your family or business’ needs, FitzGerald and Sons Plumbing Company is here to help. We offer the finest brands, such as Rinnai, along with the experience to guide you in your selection.
After you contact FitzGerald and Sons, we will send one of our professional service techs to consult and help you make the right decision for your hot water needs while prioritizing your budget as well. If you are prepared to make a long-term investment, a tankless water heater is an excellent choice. Over years of usage, the savings can make up the initial cost difference from traditional tank units. Tankless water heaters, especially superior quality ones such as Rinnai, have far longer lifespans than traditional water heaters.
Tankless water heaters can provide the luxury of as much hot water as you need. If your family uses substantial amounts of hot water, a tankless water heater will keep up with those needs without the inconvenience of running out of hot water.
In businesses and urban homes, space is often in short supply. Installing or replacing a large 50-gallon tank for your water heater may not be feasible. A tankless water heater can accommodate all your hot water needs without taking up too much space.
If you are ready to go tankless, contact FitzGerald and Sons Plumbing Co. to start the installation process right away!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a tankless water heater?
It is a heater that heats water on demand instead of retaining water for heating. They use a gas burner or heating element to instantly heat up water so there is constant access to hot water when needed
What are the advantages of a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters have many benefits, including lower utility bills, easy maintenance, better energy efficiency, constant access to hot water, and reduced space needed for the unit. Tankless is especially beneficial for smaller homes or homes with limited storage space for a large tank.
What size tankless water heater do I need?
The size of your water heater is determined based upon your specific needs. If your family uses two showers at once, you must account for that in the flow rate and temperature rise of your water heater. If you are interested in a tankless system, we can consult with you to calculate the ideal size system to meet your needs.
How to flush a tankless water heater?
First, turn off your water heater at your electrical box. If your system utilizes a gas heater, rotate your gas cutoff counterclockwise to shut it down. Use a screwdriver to open the cover plate of your system. Use a non-contact electrical tester to ensure that your system is completely turned off. If the device says power is still being detected, keep turning off breakers until you find the appropriate one. After, put the cover plate back on. Next, shut off the water supply valve which delivers cold water to your heater. Shut off your main water valve which brings hot water to your fixtures. Next, you can attach a six foot hose to your cold water isolation valve and stick the other end of the hose into a sump pump. Use a second water hose for your hot water valve. Use a wrench to ensure they are connected tightly. Place the sump pump and the other end of your second hose into a 5 gallon bucket filled with white vinegar. Open your cold and hot water valves to allow the vinegar to circulate through your system. After 45 minutes, shut off the pump to allow the vinegar to run back out into the bucket for at least 5 minutes. Turn off your cold water valve. Dump your bucket of vinegar out and place the open end of the cold water hose back inside the bucket. Turn on your cold water valve and allow the hose to drain water for 5 minutes. Close off your cold water valve and remove the hose. Shut off your hot water valve. Clean the screen according to your owner’s manual. Replace the screen. Turn on your hot water valve and then your cold water valve. To make sure the air is filtered out, turn on a couple faucets in your home on hot water. Turn them off when all the air has filtered out. Check to make sure all connections on the water heater have been restored and then turn on your gas or electric to test your hot water. You can purchase a kit which will include the needed materials if you do not have these things on hand. If you are not comfortable with doing this process DIY style, we can help. This process only needs to happen for most homes once a year.
How much propane does a tankless water heater use?
This depends greatly on your family size and water usage. On average, you can expect to use roughly 200-300 gallons of propane annually to heat your water.
How to adjust tankless water heater temperature?
Temperature adjustment is super simple on a tankless system. You can update the temperature via the LED screen by degree.
Can a tankless water heater be installed in the attic?
As long as there is enough combustion air, this is possible. Generally, it is simplest to install where your previous water heater was though.
Do you need a drain for a tankless water heater?
If your water heater is in a location where a leak would cause damage, every manufacturer will require that you use a drain pan just in case.
How do you vent a tankless water heater?
They can vent through the roof or a side wall.
Is gas tankless water heater better than electric?
Gas and electric have different benefits. Gas units are typically more efficient, so you save on energy costs long-term. Electric units are less expensive upfront though.