When you are in the market for a new water heater to replace a tank-based model, some home improvement experts might recommend hooking you up with a tankless version. Tankless water heaters do have their strong points, but what matters the most is you learning enough to make the call on setting one up at home.
Size ‘em up
Tankless heaters come in various sizes but picking the one model you need will require analysing the number of applications you expect to be up and running at peak hours of the day. Flow rate performance is a pointer to take into account by figuring out the gallon volume of water against the temperature climb. Each plumbing fixture will have its own flow rates that must be added up when they are all activated– the sum will be the projected FRP for the preferred heater.
You often have liquid propane, natural gas, or electricity as the power sources of choice for your preferred heater, and choosing one of them will require you to evaluate utility linkages. In certain cases, the existing utility source for the previous heater can prompt sticking to it for the new one.
If you’re at a loss on where to set up the heater, an evaluation of the plumbing grid will determine the final location. Certain situations will warrant linking your heater near the fixture that needs hot water the most.