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What is a Tankless Water Heater?

A tank hot water heater holds between 20 and 100 gallons of water within a few degrees of your desired temperature. It does this all day, every day. If you’ve ever boiled a kettle of water, you have some idea of the energy that must be used, even though it’s not being heated to a full boil.

A tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand water heater, works differently. Rather than heating several gallons at a time, a tankless heater heats water as it’s used. It’s far more compact—it doesn’t need to store anything, after all—and is much more efficient.

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Common Tankless Water Heater Problems in Sacramento

Tankless hot water heaters may be more efficient than traditional models, but they’re not completely trouble-free. They can suffer some of the same problems and introduce a few new ones. Give us a call if you notice any of the following issues.

  • If your water is warm but not quite hot, adjust the temperature. If that doesn’t solve the problem, call for service.
  • Suppose your water looks, smells, or tastes funny, your on-demand water heater may need service. In that case, it doesn’t have a sediment reservoir like a regular hot water heater does and can suffer from hard water deposits and other problems that degrade water quality.
  • If you experience temperature swings mid-use, that’s often a sign of a faulty connection or electrical problem. You shouldn’t try to fix this yourself.
  • Leaks can happen to any plumbing at any time and shouldn’t be ignored; your home can suffer severe damage if left unaddressed for too long.
  • Because tankless water heaters are electrical, you may notice power fluctuations or surges. If so, call us to ensure the water heater isn’t the cause.
  • Higher utility bills are a harbinger of dropping efficiency. Sometimes hot water heater maintenance solves the problem, but a replacement may be necessary if it doesn’t.
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Besides a higher energy spend, why else might you replace a tankless water heater? If repairs happen more often, you’ll eventually reach a tipping point where you’re edging up on the replacement cost. A unit may need to be resized if your usage patterns change. Age is a valid reason, too, especially since a tankless hot water heater lasts an average of 20 years (versus eight to 12 years for a traditional model).

Choosing the Right Tankless Water Heater in Sacramento

As good as they are, tankless water heaters won’t be right for every Sacramento homeowner. In homes with high water use, a tank water heater that’s properly sized may be more effective. If you still want an alternative, hybrid water heaters are also worth a look. These work the same way as a heat pump but come with some caveats. They require a certain amount of square footage to draw air, are larger, require more clearance (making them a poor fit in crawl spaces and certain other circumstances), and won’t operate as well within specific temperature ranges. However, this tends to be less of an issue in Sacramento. Let us know your needs and goals, and we can help you make the right choice.

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