Tankless water heaters have become hugely popular in the GTA and beyond. Based on the finer points of tankless water heater installation, it’s evident why this is one of the top homeowner trends. But not all trends are worth following blindly. Is a tankless water heater a sound investment for your home?
What is a tankless water heater, anyway?
Tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters. As you might expect, the name itself provides insight into what a tankless water heater actually is. Tankless water heaters, unlike conventional water heaters, do not have large tanks of water. Instead, they heat the water only when there is demand for it.
What are the benefits of tankless water heaters over tanks?
Only use gas and electricity when needed
When you turn on hot water, the tankless water heater draws in water directly from your home’s pipes. Once inside of the unit, this water is heated by gas. Conventional water heaters, fill a large tank with water and then heat the water – regardless of whether or not anyone is using it. These types of water heaters are still in use and might be suited for some applications, but they are much less energy efficient and run out of hot water in just a few minutes compared to tankless water heaters that can supply you endless hot water efficiently.
More energy efficient
Tankless water heaters usually come at or above 94% AFUE vs. conventional tank at 65% AFUE
Because they only heat water when you need it, their life expectancy is usually two times more.
Saves you valuable space in your home
Tankless water heaters are significantly smaller and this is especially important when you want to finish your basement and use that space for living.
They are quiet
Much quieter than power-vented hot water tanks
meaning they take the air they need for combustion from outside. For that reason, they are safe to be installed in bedrooms or bathrooms.
Supply endless hot water
You no longer have to wait for your water heater to heat water if you want to take a shower after someone else.
Tankless water heater installation
They have a lot of advantages, but they need to be professionally installed and commissioned. The good news is we have many certified tankless water heater installation experts available in the GTA. Unless you are a licensed gas fitter professional, this is not a do-it-yourself type of project.
Here is what you should expect during a tankless water heater installation:
- Our licensed installer will first pick the best spot to install your new tankless water heater where gas, water and drain are available and venting it out will be no problem.
- He has to turn off the water, gas, and electricity that were going to your old tank.
- Drain, disconnect & remove the old hot water tank.
- Install a new larger gas line (and a new tee and valve if necessary) to the location of the new tankless water heater.
- Install the new larger water lines.
- Install a wooden frame so the new water heater can be mounted on.
- Connect the heater to your new water and gas lines.
- Install the special venting & terminate it outside according to the gas code in Ontario
- Turn on the water heater & start commissioning procedure
Our tankless water heater installations are completed by a team of two certified professionals, and can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to complete. Furthermore, Air Leaders Inc. will take away your old water heater and have it recycled by a third party. In case you are renting your old tank, we can drop it off at a utility warehouse for a fee, or we can simply leave it for you in the garage to be picked up by the rental company.
Call us and ask for an in-home estimate! We will inspect your site and advise you on multiple options, specifically which make or model is best suited for your home. Make sure you compare different tankless water heater prices, including installation quotes and company reviews in the Greater Toronto Area before you commit your time and money. Remember, when it comes to tankless water heaters, it is proper installation that matters most. At Air Leaders Inc. we offer a free in-home estimate and will do it all at a competitive rate. Call us and book yours today!