Once you’ve gotten used to never running out of hot water with your tankless water heater, the occasional need for tankless water heater service can be a surprise. At Huft Home Services in Lincoln, CA, we work to make sure that your system is back in running order as soon as possible to keep those hot showers and clean clothes coming. For those who aren’t already enjoying the flow or have reached the end of their current unit’s long life, our tankless water heater installation can make it a convenient reality.
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Instead of keeping a large tank of water at 120 degrees F indefinitely, tankless units turn on the heat when they sense demand by watching the flow through your hot water pipes. As you can imagine, even though it takes a strong heater to quickly bring water to temperature as it flows through, these units still save a lot of energy by only heating when the water is needed. If you need a larger volume of water, for example, to supply a shower at the same time as washing dishes or doing the laundry, a tankless water heater with a higher flow rate can do the job. With tankless water heater installation, our team can plan with you to make sure your hot water flow needs are met.
The tankless water heater concept is not new, in fact, it arose about the same time as the tank-based unit. What is new is the control systems that allow modern tankless water heater systems to work so reliably and efficiently. There’s a control board plus some sensors to detect flow rate and water temperature and a few other values, plus an electric heating element or gas burner to supply the heat. Mostly, these units just require regular maintenance such as cleaning the vents and clearing sediment from minerals in the water. Typically, the expected lifetime of these devices is about double that of a basic water heater or 20 years.
A significant saving in energy costs is what draws many homeowners in Lincoln to their first tankless water heater installation. There’s also the space savings by moving that big tank-based unit out of the basement, and the significantly reduced risk of flooding and leaks. Installation is even easier with the latest units because they are being designed with fittings to correspond to those on tank-base water heaters, allowing easier connections. Their peak energy need is higher, so some wiring or gas fitting may be needed, along with a vent connection. Our expert team can take care of your tankless water heater installation quickly and professionally.
For current owners, here are a few signs that you might need tankless water heater service:
Energy consumption increases
Water temperature is too low
Error code displaying on the unit
No burner ignition or electric heating
Discolored hot water from the tap
As with many appliances, there are a few things to get used to with tankless water heaters, based on the way they operate. The flow rate determines how many showers or other open taps can draw hot water at the same time, so reduced water temperature might just mean multiple showers and laundry are active together. A flow sensor notes that someone has opened a tap and starts the heater, but it’s programmed to react to about a half-open tap so just a trickle won’t start the heater. That’s a good thing because otherwise, a leaky faucet could waste a lot of energy. Then there’s the “hot water sandwich,” an occasional bit of cold water at the start of the hot water flow. It’s normal, and then the hot water continues.
Trusted Tankless Water Heater Installation
At Huft Home Services, we’re locally owned and operated since 2004, serving our nearby communities including Lincoln and Sacramento. We’re community-oriented, a local employer, and a team that’s been a home assistance hero for our friends and neighbors over the years. Our licensed and insured plumbers and electricians are joined by experienced HVAC technicians and other professionals, and our company is BBB-certified. We’re focused on excellence, and exceeding our customers’ expectations, including yours.
For tankless water heater service, including expert tankless water heater installation in Lincoln, give us a call today.