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Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters do not store heated water in a tank but rather heat water as it is drawn through the system. As this technology has become more sophisticated and reliable, it has become more prevalent. After all, these systems have a smaller footprint in the home and, if properly sized for the household, are able to deliver an unlimited amount of hot water.

Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

Home improvement trends reveal that many homeowners find the advantages of tankless water heaters to be compelling. These benefits include:

  • Smaller footprint
  • More energy-efficient
  •  Near-instantaneous hot water
  • Unlimited supply of hot water
  • Longer lifespan and lower total cost of ownership
  • More compact than tank-type water heaters

Types of Tankless Water Heaters

Just as with conventional water heaters, there are both gas and electric systems available. In fact, it is generally recommended that if you currently use gas to opt for a gas tankless water heater and that if you currently use electric to opt for an electric tankless water heater. This will generally be the cheapest route unless there is an energy rebate mitigating the conversion cost.

Gas Tankless Water Heaters

  • Are more energy-efficient than electric water heaters
  • Heat water using a burner
  • Cost more upfront than electric water heaters
  • Need more circulating air around them
  • Cheaper to run
  • Typically last longer than electric

Electric Tankless Water Heaters

  • More affordable than other types
  • Various high-efficiency options available
  • Heat water using one or two heating elements

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance and Repair

It’s important that if you own a tankless water heater that you have it maintained. Routine maintenance will help ensure that your appliance is working as it should. When we look at your tankless water heater, we’ll not only flush it, clean the air filter, and the water filter, but we’ll also look at the heating elements, valves, and pipes to ensure they’re functioning as they should. If we see anything wrong, we’ll fix it as soon as possible to prevent an expensive repair later

Tankless Water Heater Installation

Unlimited hot water and consistent water temperatures are only realistic if the system is properly sized for the expected usage. Opting for professional tankless water heater installation is very important. The team at Forbes Plumbing can help you make an ideal choice for your home. Once that selection is made, we will then ensure that your equipment is installed with precision.

Forbes Plumbing has more than 70 years of experience meeting the plumbing needs of Oregonians. Contact us today if you’re in need of a new tankless water heater!