Choosing a Tankless Water Heater for My Home

Going tankless when it comes to home water heaters is the best decision for millions of families in the country these days. When you think about all the benefits you gain for instance; a longer service life, ability to save energy bills by up to 50% and endless hot water in your house, why else would you not buy a tankless water heater?

choosing a tankless water heaterChoosing the right tank for your home is however the more challenging bit for many people. But worry no more, because we are just about to go through the whole process of selecting the right water heater for your home in a few minutes.

Unlike a point of use water heater which you can easily install under the sink, a whole house tankless water heater will require the help of a technician to install properly. Sometimes you may also need to retrofit your home so as to accommodate this new device accordingly. Other than that, here are the main factors you should consider right before buying this new device.

Fuel Type

Typical tankless water heaters are powered by natural gas, propane or electricity. If you decide to buy an electric water heater, ensure your power outlet’s voltage will be powerful enough to accommodate the amperage draw for your new device. You may also have your circuit breaker examined to ensure you home will be safe in case of any power accidents. Similarly for natural gas, ensure your home gas supply line can support the new heater. Don’t also forget to retrofit your home for venting purposes.

Determine Your Water Usage Needs

Different water heaters have different capabilities when it comes to providing hot water in your home. You therefore need to know how the total number of devices that will run hot water into your house. The showers and dishwashers for instance consume a lot of water, and hence will require a stronger device that will provide more hot water per minute.

You can calculate your water needs for yourself. Let’s say your kitchen faucet delivers 0.5 GPM, while your two showers deliver 2.5GPM each. In such a case therefore you need to go for a device with the ability to deliver hot water at a rate of more than 5GPM.

Required Temperature Rise

tankless water heater buying guideQuite frankly, tankless water heaters don’t always perform with the same efficiency at different temperature zones. In warmer climates, the heater can deliver hot water at a much faster rate than you would expect. In the colder Northern regions however, the room temperatures could affect the overall device’s performances.

Depending on the weather conditions of where you come from, choose a water heater that will deliver hot water at a fair rate irrespective of how cold it gets. In a place where the underground water temperatures are 500F, you may want a device that can raise temperatures by 600F and reach the average temperatures for a normal shower.

Additional Considerations

  • Gas powered tankless water heaters are better off when it comes to raising water temperatures. Actually, the difference between a gas powered and an electric powered device when it comes to raising cold water temperatures is vast. Whereas the electric model can only raise 700F if the device is delivering water at a rate of 2 GPM, the gas counterpart can raise the same amount of temperatures for a device delivering hot water at a rate of 5GPM.
  • The inlet flow rate can also affect the water heater’s performance – A fast inlet flow rate often affects the temperatures of water being delivered by the device.
  • The Device’s control features – A great device is one you can easily control, especially the water temperatures.
  • Presence of a warranty- Most trusted devices come with a two-five year warranty.

If you would like to choose among the best tankless water heater on the market, Tankless Water Heater Hub has got reviews, comparisons, buying guide and a lot more information that you might find useful. Once you have agreed on the features you want from your ideal tankless water heater, you can now start the search for a great device. But if you still have doubts about buying a tankless device, just have a look at the following benefits you would enjoy with the device.

  • Limitless how water supply – Imagine being able to use hot water whenever you need it for as long as you have the water heater with you.
  • Saving on energy bills – These devices don’t waste any heat on standby mode
  • More durability – While you would have to buy a new tank water heater after less than ten years, these devices can last for twenty or more years.
  • Requires less maintenance – Yes the upfront costs might be a little bit higher, but after that you will incur very few expenses in maintenance for the twenty or so years a great tankless water heater will last in your home.

As you plan on buying a tankless water heater, pay special attention to a device’s efficiency ratings and reputation with customers, because well, customers never lie.

Installing a Kitchen Faucet on my Own

There are certain things in your house that don’t really require a professional to do. Changing a bulb for instance, or installing a kitchen faucet are things that you can single handedly do on a Saturday afternoon even when you have never done it again. And to the people who fear replacing and old faucet because of the added costs of hiring a plumber, listen very keenly as we shall also look at how you can simply do it.

installing a kitchen faucetYou see, no one has an excuse of not being able to install or replace a kitchen faucet. Well, can you turn off your water source? Are you able to differentiate one side of a wrench from the other? Well, if you answered yes to both questions, you are good to go.

As for the ladies, if you can dirty hands for at least thirty minutes, you don’t really have to call a plumber over to do the job for you. Installing a kitchen faucet is not a tough man’s job anyway. You just need to follow the instructions keenly. Actually, if you are already armed with the right tools and you can do the following few things, you can replace or install your faucet any time from now.

  • You know how to switch off the water supply to your kitchen, for both hot and cold supplies. In many kitchens, you can simply shut off the water supply by turning a lever under the sink.
  • You have all your tools ready- We shall overview the tools you are supposed to have in a few minutes. But if you already know what they are, keep them close to you.
  • Release the water pressure left after turning off the water supply by switching the faucet on and off. This applies to when you are replacing the faucet.

But before you start working on your faucet, here are questions whose answers you need to have.

How many installation holes does your sink have?

how to install a kitchen faucetIn most cases, installing a kitchen faucet with the same number of holes as your sink is very easy. However, even if the number of holes don’t match up, it is still easy to install it. Most of the modern faucets actually require only one hole for installation instead of the three holes many traditional double handle faucets demanded.

When choosing a kitchen faucet, you will see in the specifications the number of holes that that certain model will require. If you don’t have one yet, but searching the market for the best kitchen faucet, I’d recommend you to check out Top Faucets Reviewed for a buying guide, comparison of top products, and more tips on installation, repair and maintenance.

Again, these days it is easy to find plates that you can use to block the holes you won’t require once you install the faucet. Still, with new sinks you could be the deciding factor of how many holes you want drilled for the sake of your faucet.

Are you buying a side sprayer?

Most faucets with a side sprayer require an extra hole for installation purposes, which means that if the faucet will require two holes for installation, the only extra hole will have to be taken by the sprayer. You will also need to know whether your faucet has a water filtration system or you will have to install one, and whether there are any corroded fittings or pipes under your sink. These could translate to more expenses, or could make your new installation leak.

Remove the Old Faucet

Assuming you have been using a faucet all along, turn off the water valve under your sink and get prepared to remove the old faucet. You will require,

  • A wrench
  • A small tray
  • Slip-joint pliers

Step by step process

  1. Once you have disconnected the water supply, reach for the old faucet and unscrew the nuts that holds it firm.
  2. Lift out the old faucet out and disconnect the sprayer hose as well.
  3. Clean up the sink, and all the joints that may have accumulated any debris.
  4. Check if all the nuts are working, if the fittings are okay and pay more attention to the escutcheon cap (works with the hose sprayer).

You are now about to install the new faucet

Step One: Connect the Sprayer Hose

In the case you are using a side sprayer, slip it into the center hole and tighten it up with a wrench. After that, assemble your tools for the new installation. If there are any special instructions from the manufacturer make sure to note them down. Otherwise you may just make all the connections you can before crawling down under your sink.

Step Two: Connect any flexible connectors

Sometimes the length of the cold supply tube may vary from that of the hot supply tube, so try and fix any flexible connectors accordingly for the faucet to get installed properly.

Step Three: Install the Faucet

Seat the faucet once you have all the connectors and supply lines fitted to the center hole. You may then install a washer and a nut under the sink before tightening up all bolts and nuts. After that, if you’re using a tankless water heater or a water filter, you’ll need to connect those fixtures as required.