If you're tired of running out of hot water, it's time to go tankless. You might not realize this, but that old tank water heater you have in your home isn't nearly as efficient as you might think. Standard water heaters not only cost more to operate, but they also take longer to replenish the hot water supply. Unfortunately, that means that you'll have to wait longer for hot water, which can be a real problem if your tank runs out of hot water halfway through your shower.
Once you have a tankless water heater installed in your home, you won't need to worry about that. Your tankless water heater will make hot water on demand. Once you've had your tankless water heater installed, you'll need to ensure that receives the proper maintenance. Here are some tips that will help you care for your tankless water heater.
Eliminate Hard Water
If you've got hard water in your home, you'll need to install a water softener as soon as possible. Hard water deposits can wreak havoc on your tankless water heater. That's because the mineral deposits can clog up the valves, reducing outflow and damaging the pipes. Installing a water softener will remove the minerals, which will protect your water heater and improve the quality of your water. Not only that, but your water softener will also help protect the other plumbing fixtures in your home.
Give It a Good Flush
You might think that your tankless water heater won't need to be flushed – since it doesn't have a tank. However, that's not the case. Your water heater will still need to be flushed about twice a year. Flushing your tankless water heater will help keep the system running smoothly by removing all the impurities that can build up in the pipes. Follow your manufacturer's guidelines for flushing your water heater. Once you've flushed the water heater, add about five gallons of white vinegar and let it circulate for about an hour. Drain the water heater to remove the vinegar and the impurities. Close the valves and allow your water heater to function normally.
Consider Multiple Water Heaters
If you have a large home, you may want to consider installing multiple tankless water heaters, especially if you have a multi-level home. The additional water heater will ensure that you always have plenty of hot water, without making one system get overworked. Talk to your plumber about installing multiple units in your home for maximum efficiency.