The Top 3 Tankless Water Heater Problems and What You Can Do To Avoid Them
Uncover the top 3 tankless water heater problems and what
you should do to avoid them.
So...You Took The Plunge And Purchased A Tankless Water Heater
Okay, you made the plunge and purchased a tankless water heater, either the unit or the whole house and were quite proud of yourself because you not only are saving money on utility costs, but it is good for the environment.
One day, you jump in the shower and have no hot water, uh-oh, this can't be good, you think.
Of course, this scenario is not exactly common, but there are tankless water heater problems that you should be aware of and know what to do if you run into them.
Common Tankless Water Heater Problems One - Pushing The Limits Of Your Tankless Unit
First off, depending on the size of the unit and how many gallons of hot water it can put out per minute is something you should know.
One common problem that new tankless water heater owners run into is pushing it to the limit.
- In other words, taking a shower, running the dishwasher, and doing a load of white clothes in hot water, can push it past its limits.
- It is better to do one task at a time, for instance, take your shower, then wash your load of clothes, and finally run the dishwasher.
Another Common Problem Is That Those With A Whole House Tankless Often Think There Is No End To The Hot Water On Demand.
So everyone gets up in the morning, which is two adults and three teenagers, there are five bathrooms in the house so everyone takes a shower at the same time and there isn't enough hot water.
- This is overloading the entire system and if you think about it, you could never do this with a traditional water hot water tank.
- Spread your showers out in the morning, maybe just two simultaneously.
Common Tankless Water Heater Problems Two - Choosing A Unit That's Too Small
A third common problem is choosing too small of the unit. This is a very common problem when homeowners begin estimating how much hot water they will use.
They end up estimating on the small end and then find they constantly do not have enough.
- The solution is to add additional gallons per minute (GPM) to what you think you will need.
- What if you have company or the kids are out of school for summer? These can create more demand for the hot water.
Common Tankless Water Heater Problems Three - Giving Your Unit Inadequate Maintenance
Fourth, another common mistake homeowners make (maybe you have too) is install the unit and forget it.
- While these units do not require a lot of attention, they do require regular maintenance.
- You know how much more efficiently your car works when it is properly maintained? Same thing holds true for your tankless.
Dealing With Tankless Water Heater Problems - The Bottom-Line
Lastly, when you do have tankless water heater problems, you should know who to call and what is in your warranty.
A common mistake is to purchase your tank and file away your warranty and never look at what is included, until something breaks.
Familiarize yourself with your warranty and who to call if something breaks.
Many times the manufacturer requires a specific team to come out and just calling a local plumber could make the warranty null and void, so read your entire warranty.
Here's To Your Success With A Tankless Water Heater!
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