When consider replacing your water heater, these days most people are considering both “tank” (conventional) water heaters as well as “tankless” water heaters. Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company has been installing water heaters in St. Louis homes from over 30 years. Most of our clients decide that a conventional water heater is the best fit for their needs. When considering whether a “tankless” water heater is right for you, it’s important to note that a tankless water heater can cost up to two-and–a-half times as much as a conventional water heater, but their benefit resides in their small footprint and energy efficiency.
The ideal size of your tankless water heater depends on a number of variables such as the size of your home, number of appliances requiring the use of hot water, the number of people using those appliances, and the temperature of the ground water. Most tankless water heaters have a controller that regulates temperature, allows for diagnostics, and provides their owner with important maintenance alerts. Installation of a tankless water heater should be performed by a licensed plumber. Installation of a tankless water heater by a non-licensed plumbing professional will likely void the manufacturer’s warranty.
To read reviews on tankless water heaters check out this Consumer Reports article.
Can a tankless water heater utilize an old system’s venting?
The venting system required for a new tankless water heater installation is different than a venting system used by a conventional water heater. Specific venting is required by tankless water heater manufacturers to insure proper performance and protect the warranty of the product. Some manufacturers offer concentric venting. This type of venting requires a single wall penetration for both the intake and exhaust.
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance
There are two types of maintenance that a tankless water heater requires. The first portion of this maintenance process is checking for debris in the inline screen filter. The final portion of this important maintenance process is flushing the tankless water heater so as to eliminate scale and lime. When considering the return-on-investment (ROI) of a tankless water heater, please be sure to take into account ongoing maintenance cost of having professional maintenance.
Tankless Water Heater Installation: Why We Don’t Recommend It
Tankless technology is not appropriate for the St. Louis climate. Therefore we do not offer tankless water heater installation at Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company. With the harsh winters in St. Louis, tankless heaters are prone to freezing. Plus, despite costing a lot more than traditional tank heaters, they simply do not perform as well. Visit our blog to learn more about the advantages of tank vs. tankless water heaters.
Is your water heater in need of repair or replacement? Call our office at (314) 965-9377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help.