Tankless hot water heaters are not new. Newly popular perhaps, but not new. So, many homeowners in Ottawa want to know more about the plumbing, and if you’ll need a plumber to install one.
Tankless hot water heaters have gained recent popularity in the Ottawa area because of their eco-friendly, energy savings. On-demand hot water means you are not keeping a huge tank of water hot all day when you don’t need it. Because of our winter temperatures though, many times a small regular hot water tank works in series with a tankless water heater. Otherwise, you don’t get water hot enough when it’s cold outside.
How to Know if your Home is Right for a Tankless Water Heater
A tankless heater generates hot water instantly with high-powered electric coils or gas burners. All the power is needed “on-demand”. It uses less energy overall. Natural gas units save about 22% on your bill in most situations.
Even with the savings, a tankless water heater may not be the best choice. If your home does not already have the plumbing for natural gas it’s a huge project. Or your electrical system might require an upgrade to handle the load of an electric on-demand system.
So, a quick inspection and the answers to a few questions is all it takes. That way, the plumber from Canada Plumbing knows if a tankless heating system could work for you.
Do I need a Plumber to Install a Tankless Hot Water System?
Probably, yes. Since the natural gas units tap into the gas lines, legally, a plumber with the appropriate ticket has to make the connection. So, if you don’t have the right ticket (and you would know if you did), then you need a plumber for a natural gas installation.
Electrical installs are somewhat less technical. If you feel competent to deal with both electricity and water together you can give it a go. Most Ottawa homeowners prefer to leave the plumbing to an expert, especially when the electricity is so close by. Call us at Canada Plumbing at 613 890 7700. We’ll happily talk you through the process of deciding to switch to the energy savings of tankless or give you other options. We are your Ottawa plumber!