As old, standard style, water heaters break down we are often asked about the option of newer tankless water heater systems. Our Turlock plumbing team has been installing and maintaining these systems for upwards of 15 years now and we are quite impressed with them. This doesn't mean that a tankless system is right for every single household or business, but for the majority of them it's the most economical choice. If your water heater is on its last leg, call our Turlock plumbers and set up a consultation to see if a tankless system is right for you.
Tankless water heaters are often called instantaneous or on-demand systems because they don't store hot water, they produced it only when needed. Standard systems will keep 40 to 50 gallons of hot water at the ready 24 hours a day, but it takes much more energy to keep this stand-by system working than it does to use a quick heating tankless system. The standard system can deliver hot water at the highest flow rate possible in your home until the stand-by reservoir is used – so a maximum of 50 gallons of hot water is available at any one time. In a tankless system, flow rate is determined by the type and number of heaters that have been installed. Gas powered tankless heaters can generally deliver between 3- 4 gallons of 150 degree water per minute, continuously. This means you'll never run out of hot water, but you may not be able to run two heavy water consuming appliances (dishwasher, clothes washer, etc.) at a time. This is why our Turlock plumbers suggest installing dual tankless heaters to meet your maximum flow rate needs.