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Tankless Water Heaters & Water Heating Systems

The Future is Tankless & the Future is Now!
The vast majority of today’s Southland residents and property owners use the same type of conventional storage tank water heaters that their parents and grandparents did to heat their water.

Past generations didn’t have any other options, but advanced technology and innovation has given today’s consumer a very viable alternative to those old conventional storage tank water heaters. The truth is, it’s much more than an attractive option or viable alternative; it’s the future and it’s Tankless!

Water Heating Options

You can’t truly appreciate Tankless Water Heaters without having some basic knowledge of your other water heating option; Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters.

Conventional tank water heaters were first introduced to American consumers in 1894 and they worked using the same basic premise as today’s Storage Tank Water Heaters.

Water Heating Process for Storage Tank Water Heaters

Cold water flows into the bottom of the tank and is preheated by gas or electric burners until it reaches the consumers desired temperature. The preheated water is then stored in 20-80 gallon storage tanks until it’s ready to use.

When hot water is requested, the hot water flows from the top of the storage tank and flows directly to the appropriate faucet or shower head. The storage tank calculates how many gallons of hot water was used and then adds a like amount of cold water which enters at the bottom of the tank.

The process of heating the cold water and the remaining hot water left in the tank back to the desired optimum temperature begins again and this process will repeat itself every time a hot water faucet, fixture or appliance in your home is turned on.

The tanks burners or heating element will run until the water in your storage tank reaches optimum temperature before shutting itself off. Unfortunately, hot water won’t stay at the optimum temperature for long without some help. When the hot water in your storage tank drops a certain number of degrees, the burners will automatically kick-in and stay on until the water temperature once again reaches the optimal setting. This process will repeat itself again and again for as long as you own your conventional storage tank water heater.

There are numerous problems with this process, but the biggest issue is the amount of energy that it takes to continually turn the burners on and off 24 hours a day, 7days a week just to keep the temperature of the water in your tank at the optimum temperature whether you use it or not.

This wasteful and inefficient process costs consumers billions of dollars each year and puts a tremendous strain on our natural resources.

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Storage Tank Water Heaters

Up until 10 years ago, most U.S. homeowners had never heard of tankless water heaters, but the worldwide movement to stop pollution, conserve our natural resources and become more eco-friendly has thrust tankless water heaters and tankless water heating systems into the spotlight!

Tankless technology isn’t new and has been around almost as long as conventional storage tank water heating technology. Tankless water heaters have been the water heating standard throughout Europe and Asia for years and the U.S. is the last remaining western culture that still uses storage tank water heaters.

The list of personal, financial and global benefits of going Tankless are so numerous that American homeowners are now accepting tankless as the wave of the future.

The side by side comparison chart below demonstrates how Tankless Water Heaters have addressed almost every shortcoming of Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters.

Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heating Systems

  • Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater
  • Tankless Water Heating System
  • Conventional Storage Tank Water HeaterThermal Heat Loss – 20-40% of energy used by conventional storage tank water heaters is wasted. Tank water is constantly being heated to compensate for the radiant heat loss from the storage tank.
  • Tankless Water Heating SystemReduces Water Heating Costs as much as 50%! Tankless water heaters heat entirely on demand and only when hot water is needed. There is no hot water tank storage, so thermal heat loss is almost completely eliminated.
  • Conventional Storage Tank Water HeaterLimited Supply – Conventional water heaters frequently run out of hot water after several back-to-back demands. Users must wait long periods of time until the storage tank is refilled with hot water.
  • Tankless Water Heating SystemTankless heaters never run out of hot water – They can literally run all day long if necessary and they will never stop producing hot water since they heat water instantly on demand.
  • Conventional Storage Tank Water HeaterOverheating – To ensure a traditional heater refreshes at a reasonable rate, most heaters are set at very high temperatures (130F+). This wastes energy and increases risk of scalding, especially for children and the elderly.
  • Tankless Water Heating SystemTankless heaters allow you to set the ongoing water temperature to a more reasonable and safe temperature, closer to the actual temperature you will use the water at, thereby reducing risk of scalding. According to the US. Department of Energy, for each 10°F reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3%-5% in energy costs.
  • Hard Water Minerals – Hard water scale forms most readily when water is heated for extended periods. Hard water scale quickly coats the internal components causing a loss of efficiency, leaks and a shorter lifespan.
  • Conventional Storage Tank Water HeaterHard Water Minerals – Water isn’t stored in tankless water heaters and handle hard water minerals and sediments much better than conventional tanks. This makes them less likely to leak or rupture and they’re able to maintain peak efficiency throughout their whole lifecycle.
  • Tankless Water Heating SystemAverage Lifespan – Conventional storage tank water heaters typically last from 8 to 12 years.
  • Conventional Storage Tank Water HeaterAverage Lifespan – With proper maintenance, the average expected lifetime of a Tankless Water Heating system is over 20 years.
  • Tankless Water Heating SystemSize – Conventional storage tank water heaters are large and bulky. They take up large areas of your home or garage, are costly to recycle & and eat up precious amounts of landfill space.
  • Conventional Storage Tank Water HeaterSize – The average Tankless water heater is about the size of a large briefcase or medium sized suitcase. They can be installed indoors, outdoors and mounted on walls to save homeowners valuable floor space.

How Tankless Water Heaters Work

  1. When you open a hot water tap, cold water enters the heater and triggers the powerful heating elements or burners. The hot water tap acts as an ignition key for the energy used to heat the hot water you need.
  2. The water is heated as it flows through the heating elements or heat exchanger. As the water flow varies, the unit adjusts the heating elements or burner flame to maintain a constant temperature and maximum energy efficiency.
  3. A flow sensor activates the gas burner, which warms the heat exchanger. Incoming cold water encircles the heat exchanger and leaves the heater at its set-point temperature.
  4. The combustion gases safely exit through a dedicated, sealed vent system. Tankless Water Heater requires a very minimum electric current to trigger the burner and to release the combusted air with
    the help of blowers.
  5. When the hot water tap is turned off, the heating system also turns off. The energy that is consumed is only for the hot water that is being used.

he Benefits of Going Tankless

Endless Supply of Hot Water – Heat as much water as you want without paying to keep it stored. Simply turn on the hot water and enjoy all you and your family need without ever having to worry about running out. Why pay to keep water hot in a storage tank for future use when tankless gives you hot water on demand.

Use Multiple Applications at the Same Time – Tankless water heaters allow you to run more applications at the same time. You can start the laundry, run the dishwasher and take a shower all at the same time.

Twice the Lifespan – Most tankless water heaters have an expected lifespan of 20 years and come with10-15 year warranties. The typical warranty of conventional storage tank water heaters is 6 years with an expected lifespan of 8-10 years.

Economic Efficiency – Tankless technology is much more efficient than storage tanks and since there’s no tank, you aren’t wasting energy to keep water in your storage tank hot. This alone can reduce your monthly water heating bill by 20-40%. Save money on your monthly utility bill!

Cleaner Water – Conventional storage tank water heaters build up rust and scale inside their tanks and it becomes part of the water we drink and bathe in. Tankless water heaters avoid tanks altogether and consumers experience fresher, cleaner and better tasting water.

Space Savings & Wall Mountable – Tankless water heaters are much, much smaller than conventional tank water heaters and can be installed almost anywhere on the inside or outside your home and they can be mounted on a wall to free up floor space.

Eco-Friendly – Many of today’s tankless water heaters are entirely manufactured from recycled materials, whereas conventional storage tank water heaters are disposed of in landfills or tossed on the side of a road.

Requires Less Maintenance – Tankless water heater are fairly easy to maintain. There isn’t any lime or scale buildup and corrosion is virtually eliminated. Cleaning and annual maintenance for all household systems and appliances is highly recommended, but would you rather clean a carryon suitcase sized tankless water heater or empty and clean a 40-50 gallon water storage tank?

Less Waste – Many tankless water heaters are made of entirely recycled materials whereas most tank units must be disposed of in landfills.

No Flooding or Property Damage – It’s not that uncommon for water storage tanks to leak or burst leaving homeowners with flooded living rooms or garages. Tankless systems don’t have storage tanks or store water which virtually eliminates the possibility of flooding and property damage.

Tankless Water Heating Options – Point of Use or Whole House

Tankless water heaters and water heating systems are divided into two categories; Point-of-Use and Whole House.

Point-of-Use: Point-of-Use tankless water heaters are designed to supply hot water to the immediate area in which it is located. They are small enough to be installed under a sink, next to a shower or mounted above a washer/dryer. Point-of-Use units are intended to act as supplements to the primary tank or tankless hot water source. Multiple Point-of-Use units can be installed to act as the primary source, but they are most effective when as a supplemental source.

Whole House : A Whole House Tankless Water Heating System is designed to provide hot water to multiple outlets throughout your entire home. They are larger than Point-of-Use units but compact enough to make them excellent space savers versus conventional storage tank water heaters. Like Point-of-Use units, they are wall mountable and a great replacement for your old storage tank water heater.

Professional Installation – The Difference Maker

The installation of your tankless system is just as important as the system itself. Any licensed plumber can install a conventional storage tank water heater, but tankless water heating systems should only be installed by tankless installation specialists experienced in handling every aspect of the tankless installation process.

Tankless Water Heaters & Water Heating Systems FORD’S Plumbing & Heating has been serving the tank and tankless water heating needs of the Southland for over 50 years and we’ve seen the residential demand for tankless water heating systems increase dramatically for each of the last 10 years.

The global push to conserve our natural resources, along with the cost savings and benefits, has made “going tankless” the smart, eco-friendly and increasing popular choice for the Southland’s water heating needs. If you’re thinking about, or already decided, to go tankless then you owe it to yourself to speak to the tankless water heating experts at FORD’S Plumbing & Heating.

There’s no need to risk voiding the manufacturer warranty with improper, unqualified or non-licensed installation when you can keep your warranty in full force with FORD’S. Our tankless water heater installation and repair specialists have a working knowledge of the plumbing, gas, electrical and special venting aspects required for tankless water heater installation and they’re up-to-speed on local and national code requirements.

Tankless Water Heaters & Water Heating Systems FORD’S can help you select the tankless water heating system that’s just right for you and your family’s water heating needs and we’ll install it to exact manufacturer specifications to insure peak performance and provide you with years of worry free service.

If you’re looking to improve your family’s comfort, save energy and significantly upgrade your water heating experience call FORD’S tankless water heating pros at 310-815-1515. It’s a No Brainer Guarantee!

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