Tankless water heaters in Sonora CA are something that many customers are interested in, they are many times referred to as instant hot water heaters. Much of the interest comes from the high price of propane compared to natural gas which is not available in most of the area. When compared to the 60% efficiency of a standard storage tank water heater a tankless water heater in Sonora CA can be around 95% efficient. With higher efficiency and energy star rebates tankless water heaters in Sonora CA really make sense.
Tips on picking a tankless water heater in Sonora CA
* Replace your old water heater before it goes out. The average life expectancy of a storage tank water heater is 10-12 years. Don’t wait until it is an emergency to replace it. Emergency water heater installations cost a little more, and you normally end up with less options because you are limited to the stock of Tuolumne County plumbing suppliers. Also the way people normally find out their hot water heater needs to be replaced is it will start to leak from the bottom of the tank which many times causes property damage.
*Pick a good quality tankless water heater with a longer warranty, and highest efficiency. There are models available with up to 15 year warranties while most storage tank water heaters come with a 6 year warranty. Not all models have 15 year warranties or 95% efficiency. Some Sonora plumbers will offer a lower quality ” instant hot water heater” so their quote seems more cost effective, and the customer is stuck with an under performing model.
*Pick a tankless water heater in Sonora CA with a buffer tank. Another trick for giving a lower price for some Sonora plumbers is to offer a model without a buffer tank. A tankless water heater with a buffer tank is more like an “instant hot water heater” that they are advertised to be. Tankless water heaters take a few seconds to to sense the flow of water and turn on then the flames kick on, and then they start making hot water which actually takes longer than a storage tank water heater. A tankless water heater with a small buffer tank is more like an “instant hot water heater” because it heats a small amount of water that can be ready at any time so you are not stuck waiting for it to start making hot water. Some models come with computerized controls, and a recirculating pump that keep track of normal use periods and will actually have an endless supply of hot water waiting for you in the normal use periods.
Many of these models are also so efficient, and cool the exhaust gas so much that the flue pipe can be run in PVC pipe. Another common problem with not having a buffer tank is that if you use a sink, or any other fixture and turn it off, and then go to another fixture the water heater will turn off, and then back on again. This creates a “cold water sandwich” which means you have hot water running through your pipes, you turn the first plumbing fixture off, and the water heater turns off. You turn the next plumbing fixture on or even the same one and cold water fills your hot water pipes because your water heater hasn’t kicked back on yet. The result is a small amount of hot water followed by a large slug of cold water, and then followed again by more hot water. Think of how irritating this would be in a shower! A small buffer tank with your tankless hot water heater in Sonora CA would eliminate this irritating process.
*Have a professional Sonora Plumber from Optimized Plumbing & Piping size a tankless water heater that will really meet your needs. Sizing a tankless water heater in Sonora CA is one of the most important parts of the installation. This is because almost all areas of Tuolumne & Calaveras County have large fluctuations in water temperature from season to season. If this is not taken into account it could result in an undersized model which would not supply enough hot water, or an oversized model which would be a waste of money.
Call Sonora plumbers at Optimized Plumbing & Piping today to schedule the installation of your tankless water heater in Sonora CA at (209)352-4294
Sonora plumbers at Optimized Plumbing & Piping also provide service and installations for hydronic boilers, hydronic heating, pumps, pipefitting including winery piping, food processing piping, plant piping, and all plumbing services including tankless water heaters, electric water heaters, heat pump water heaters, solar water heaters, replacement of plumbing fixtures leak repair, and repiping.