Master Plumber Ronnie Jackson

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Tankless Gas Water Heaters and Tank Gas Water Heaters

Noritz America called me last week; they are manufactures of tankless gas water heaters. They had executives arriving from Japan with an interest in visiting a Southern California construction site, primarily to look at the application of a Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) gas system. Because I train and certify CSST installers on location I got the phone call. I also represent State Water Heater including the Aurora model made by Noritz. The tankless gas water heater is finally catching on in America. The tank type gas water heater has been an affordable installation for generations, but the energy to maintain a vessel full of water is sometimes not the best household application.

Some issues to investigate when considering a tankless gas water heater...
Higher gas volume and pressure
Effects on the manufactures warranty if a recirculation line is installed
Flue/vent materials should be to the manufactures specifications
Sufficient (combustion) fresh air supply

A few features & benefits of tankless water heaters:
Continuous hot water on demand (tankless water heaters provide a steady flow of hot water whenever and wherever you need).
Compact, space saving design (indoor and outdoor tankless water heaters are just over 2 feet tall, weigh 55 pounds or less, and attach to an interior or exterior wall).
Energy efficient tankless gas water heaters are as the name implies very energy efficient $300 federal energy tax credit on some tankless gas water heaters qualify for tax credit incentives available for a limited time.

Features & Benefits tank type gas water heater:
Is best told in a short story.
Last week my good friend and Pastor was complaining about the cost of replacing his 8 year old 50 gallon gas water heater. Complete job $850.00. So we did some math...
8 years x 365 days = 2920 days $850 divided by 2920 days = $0.30 per day for dutiful appliance service whether you use it or not. Of course add the cost of natural gas necessary to maintain 50 gallons of water at a ready to use temperature of 115 degrees.

Now do some math with the $4000 wide screen TV or $45,000 SUV at less than 5 years service. The tank type gas water heater has always been an affordable appliance when installed correctly with the right application.


Blogger Randy said...

I have a Takagi tankless and it is fabulous. We can do three showers at the same time (forever) with little pressure drop off. Does take some getting used to at the kitchen sink (low flow shuts off the heat), but overall, we (all 7 of us) love it.

Thursday, August 17, 2006 1:51:00 PM  
Blogger Master Plumber Ronnie Jackson said...

Thanks for your comment, thats were tankless water heaters really shine.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 8:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Toto Toilets said...

ugh, i cant wait until i have enough money to get one of those. i hate not being able to have 2 of us shower at the same time :/

Friday, January 23, 2009 5:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going green seems to be the in thing these days and when a new system actually works is good for or at least better for the environment than your old system plus you save money in the long run then it all starts to make sense.Thanks Ronnie.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 3:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike's Vent Cleaning said...

There are good and bad of every system...yes tank less has it's utilities surely.I like the use of solar tanks though.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous tankless water heater said...

I use gas tankless water heater for several months for hot water and heating. Frugal really scary, but in the summer when no heating and are therefore not work continuously, when you put the water you must wait between 5 and 10 seconds to warm up.

Monday, May 03, 2010 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Ipswich Plumbers said...

Thanks man! I really appreciate your site. It's really well written. Tankless heaters are really something. I know a lot of plumbers in Ipswich that are really good in that aspect and also in green plumbing. Much respect to you Ron.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Colchester plumber said...

This sounds really great as more and more people in the plumbing industry are building awareness to save more energy and money. In Colchester, homeowners are being ecstatic about the idea of going green for the sake of planet earth.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 1:35:00 AM  
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Sunday, October 17, 2010 3:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Stiebel Eltron Tempra said...

I long time use next tankless water heaters (Tempra 12, Tempra 15, Tempra 20, Tempra 20 plus, Tempra 24, Tempra 24 plus, Tempra 29 or Tempra 30) from Stiebel Eltron and never have any problem with usage or replace parts.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 1:53:00 PM  
Anonymous plumbing fittings said...

They can be operated electrically or with natural gas or propane. Gas ones can heat more liquid faster while electric ones need access to a lot of electric power to rapidly heat water.

Saturday, January 22, 2011 1:07:00 PM  
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous plumbing said...

Tankless heaters are tiny but powerful units that can heat the water needed for the entire home or apartment. Running out of hot water while your family takes their showers in the morning is no longer a concern when you utilize the powerful but tiny hot water heaters.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 3:27:00 AM  
Anonymous sydney plumbers said...

The energy efficient tankless gas water heaters are as the name implies. The cost of natural gas necessary to maintain.

Monday, March 26, 2012 8:41:00 PM  
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