Considering an upgrade to a tankless water heater? If you’ve ever taken an ice cold shower or ran out of hot water on a busy holiday weekend, then you know how stressful it can be to have a small tank water heater with not enough hot water for your entire family. A new tankless water heater will address all these issues and give you continues hot water for years to come.
Happy Plumbing Inc. provides professional and affordable tankless water heater services to all San Diego, California. Give us a call today (619) 317-0600 to schedule a free estimate.
How To Choose The Right Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters are rated by the maximum temperature rise possible at a given flow rate. Therefore, to size an on-demand water heater, you need to determine the flow rate and the temperature rise you’ll need. For example a house with 2-bathrooms will require a bigger tankless water heater than a two-bathroom condo due to it's size. It is important to note that you should never try and save money by undersizing your tankless water heater.
- Determine the maximum devices you want to run.
For example, let’s say you expect to simultaneously run a hot water faucet with a flow rate of 0.75 gallons per minute and a shower head with a flow rate of 2.6 gallons per minute. The flow rate through the demand water heater would need to be at least 3.26 gallons per minute. To reduce flow rates, install low-flow water fixtures.
- Your climate makes a difference.
If you live in a warm climate your water temperature will likely be much higher.) For most uses, you’ll want your water heated to around 105–115°. In this example, you’d need a demand water heater that produces a temperature rise of 55°.
- Gas Vs Electric
Gas tankless water heaters are able to produce a larger temperature rise per gpm than electric models. Most demand water heaters are rated for a variety of inlet temperatures. Typically, a 70°F water temperature rise is possible at a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute through gas-fired demand water heaters and 2 gallons per minute through electric water heaters. Faster flow rates or cooler inlet temperatures can sometimes reduce the water temperature at the most distant faucet.
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Common Tankless Water Heater Problems
Tankless water heaters are a great investment. Not only are they highly efficient, but they can also save you money by heating water only on-demand. However sometimes uncommon, issues can arise if something isn’t working correctly within your water heater. Here are the most common ones
- Mineral Buildup
Regardless of whether traditional or tankless, you need to keep an eye out for mineral buildup inside your water heater. Hard water is water with high mineral content, and the harder your water, the higher the potential for damaging mineral buildup. A tankless water heater flush will take care of this issue
Depending on your tankless water heater's capacity, too many simultaneous hot water applications (such as multiple showers running) can overload your water heater. If this happens, you should reduce the demand for hot water by limiting simultaneous applications, and you may want to consider resetting your unit.
- Air Supply or Exhaust is Blocked
For most tankless water heaters, the display with present an error code to inform you that your air supply or exhaust is blocked. This means your water heater is having issues with either combustion air or venting.
- Ignition Failure
Often, this issue is caused by the gas supply, so check to make sure your propane tank is full before you do anything else. If your gas valve or water valves are not fully opened, this could also cause the ignition to fail.
- Flame Failure
Flame Failure is generally caused by either a gas pressure problem or an electrical issue. Just like ignition failure, you should first rule out simple causes such as a low propane tank or an unpaid gas bill. Other possible causes of flame failure include a gas line that’s too small, regulator failure, combustion issues, venting, and more. Contact technical support for help with troubleshooting the issue further.
Meet The Happy Plumbing Inc. Family
Happy Plumbing Inc. is a fully licensed and insured plumbing business servicing the San Diego area. We offer a broad range of plumbing repairs, installation, and services in general. Finding a professional that is well-qualified, and offers rates that are competitive and relevant to the specific service needed, is one of the most important concerns we encounter with our customers. Happy Plumbing has an A+BBB Rating and 100+ 5-Star Google and Yelp customer reviews. Give us a call today at (619) 317-0600 to schedule your tankless water heater service.