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The Ins and Outs of Tank-Less Water Heater Installation

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With sales of tank-less water heaters projected to grow through 2024, there is an increasing amount of talk about the benefits of the appliances. They are less bulky than their tank-containing counterparts, supply steamy hot water at the snap of your fingers, and their ability to help in water conservation has not only made them a hit for those looking to save some money, but also for families seeking ways to make their homes more “green”. While tank-less water heaters have proven to be more cost effective in the long term than traditional models, your home may require more preparation to have a tank-less water heater installed. Continue reading for more information on tank-less water heater installation so you are able to make an informed decision for your family.

Gas Line Requirements

One of the big draws to tank-less water heaters is the fact that they only heat water as it is needed, compared to conventional tank heaters that heat water continually and require a constant supply of gas.  Although tank-less heaters conserve gas over time, they require a large initial jolt of gas in order to instantaneously heat water for your family’s needs. Depending on the size of your current gas line, an upsize may be needed during installation to accommodate this brief increase in gas usage.

Specialized Venting

In addition to a larger gas line, tank-less heaters also contain different venting requirements than tank heaters. Class III stainless steel venting must be used with tank-less water heaters to guard against gas leakage, since tank-less models use a fan to push gas out, whereas tank heaters do not. Also, since two vents are needed for tank-less heaters, additional vents may be needed in order to properly install your new water heater, which will add to the cost of installation. Homes with chimneys contain additional venting solutions, and make the transition to tank-less an easier one.

Water Softeners Prolong Life

In order to keep your tank-less water heater running smoothly for years to come, investing in a water softener is also highly recommended. Over time, hard water will cause a mineral build-up, shortening the heater’s lifespan. Although it is an additional initial cost in tank-less water heater installation, adding in a water softener will allow you to have an efficiently running system for decades. Water softeners also reduce calcium buildup in faucets that can result in reduced water flow. There are many other benefits to your family, including healthier skin and hair, since soft water helps them retain their moisture, an important feature in our dry conditions. Soft water also allows soaps to lather more easily, letting you cut down on shampoo and laundry detergent usage.

Although tank-less water heaters help your family save energy and money, being aware of these possible added costs in installation can help you decide whether tank-less water heaters are a good fit for your family.

Serving the Black Hills, South Dakota and Chadron, Nebraska for over 28 years, Action Mechanical is your comprehensive source for the latest in heating, cooling and plumbing for your home. Call us today at 605-348-5212 to speak with a member of our experienced team about tank-less water heater installation today!

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