Tankless Water Heater Installation: Why Call a Plumber

When it comes to home heating more and more Canadians are making the switch to tankless water heaters for a more efficient energy solution. Conventional water heaters have a finite capacity. This means there is always the possibility of running out of hot water half-way through a shower. On-demand heating means you will never run out of hot water and you are only using what you need. As great as these appliances are, they need to be installed correctly to be worth it. Luckily, the experts at Pete & Son Plumbing are here to help with your tankless water heater installation.

What Are the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?

Traditional water heaters are bulky, with large tanks that hold and continuously heat the water inside. Just like any appliance these older model tanks will wear down, leak, break and take up usable space in your utility room. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, operate by heating water on-demand using a gas burner or electric element. This means you have access to a continuous supply of hot water exactly when you need it.

The benefits are easy to see but choosing the right model and organizing installation are much more complicated. There are plenty of options for size of tankless water heater and choosing the wrong one can be a massive headache and come along with a ton of unnecessary expenses.

Working with an experienced plumber and installation specialist ensures that you are choosing the right model according to the expected usage and average water flow rate. Experts, like the ones at Pete & Son Plumbing will also help you to decide between gas and electric models. Larger families, for example, often have a higher rate of water consumption and that is better suited for gas models. Gas models are more difficult to move, require venting and are more complex to install. For those households with lower water usage, an electric tankless water heater is more portable and doesn’t require venting.

The Best Way to Install a Tankless Water Heater: Leave it to the Experts

No one wants to shower in cold water but without the right sized water heater that is exactly what you’ll end up doing — unless you switch to a tankless model, that is! An on-demand hot water heater is a great addition to any home, rental property or commercial space but they aren’t as easy to install as just plugging them in and flipping the switch.

A tankless water heater has all of the most dangerous elements of home utilities: water, electricity and gas. Installation must be done safely and according to all of the necessary local codes. Any time that natural gas or other dangerous materials are involved it is a good idea to contact a professional before taking any action at all.

Gas Tankless Water Heater: Any time that gas lines are involved, a proper installation is key to a safe environment. A damaged seal or leak in a gas line is a serious risk to any people or pets that are in the area. Inhaling gas can lead to serious illness or even be fatal, and when seeping gas is met with a spark can result in an explosion. Having an experienced professional install a gas heat exchanger provides peace of mind, safer environments and the most efficient heating systems possible.

Electric Tankless Water Heater: When installing these high efficiency machines it is important to ensure that electrical and water lines are always considered and properly treated. Even a bit of damage to a water line or overlooking aged materials and leaks can result in serious water damage to surrounding areas. Overlooking a simple step like cutting power with the circuit breaker is a serious risk to health and safety.

Don’t settle for a subpar installation or risk your safety with a DIY installation when you can book the local experts at Pete & Son Plumbing.

Pete & Son Plumbing: Tankless Water Heater Installation Made Easy

For many homeowners the appeal of DIY appliance installation is avoiding high installation costs. It seems good in theory but once you consider the cost of repairs following an amateur approach, it’s actually much higher. When installing a tankless water heater, cost doesn’t stop with the initial price of the appliance. Proper maintenance reduces wear and tear, improves output, increases efficiency and prolongs the lifespan of your water heater.

When installing a tankless water heater the cost of installation will vary based on the details of your property and how you intend to use it. For example, installing a whole home system will be much more expensive than a single point of use. The main contributing factors for installation costs include:

  • Intended Use: Whole home or single point of use systems.
  • Brand Name: Like any type of appliance, tankless water heaters have multiple brands and prices will vary
  • Flow Rate: The size of the unit will impact the cost of installation
  • Type: Gas or Electric Systems

An installation expert will be able to assess whether your electrical panels are equipped to handle the new appliances. If you want to go with a gas model, you will need to assess your existing gas lines — if you even have them! In the event that your property doesn’t have gas lines, they will need to be installed. If you do have gas lines but they aren’t in the desired location they may have be extended. Proper ventilation is key wherever gas is involved. 

If you are in need of gas line installation or extension, we can point you in the right direction! Leave the water lines and complex installation to the experts at Pete & Son Plumbing. Call today to discuss your options, determine how to choose the right tankless water heater for your property and make the switch to a more efficient water heating system.

Tankless Water Heater Installation: Why Call a Plumber