Compared to traditional hot water heating systems, tankless water heating can eliminate the inconvenience a low hot water supply while saving money on your electric and/or gas bill. By following the tips below, you can determine the best system for your needs and have it correctly installed:
- Select a qualified contractor or plumber: Make sure your installer is familiar with tankless water heaters and that he’s willing to work with them, knows how the installation differs from regular systems, and is up to date on the associated building codes.
- Call the building department: Verify code requirements and obtain the proper permits before the contractor begins his work.
- Choose the correct system: Work with your contractor to determine which tankless water heater or multiple-zone system will fulfill your needs. The first decision will involve whether to install a gas or electric tankless system. The flow rates of all the plumbing fixtures and appliances must be taken into consideration, as well as usage patterns. Be aware that certain newer dishwashers and washing machines may not require a hot water connection.
- Check water and gas service: Ensure that your home can supply the necessary volumes of water and gas for the system and that the plumbing is adequate and to code.
- Find a proper location: Tankless water heating requires plenty of air flow and a properly-installed vent to the exterior for safe and efficient combustion. Make sure the vent is located properly and made of the correct materials, such as double-walled pipe where necessary, and that it meets all building codes and manufacturer recommendations.
- Complete the plumbing: Have your contractor connect the gas and water lines. For best heating performance, keep the water supply lines for the fixtures as short as possible.
- Prepare for inspection: Confirm that the installation meets all codes. Call the building department for a final inspection, and have the contractor prepared to answer questions about the installation, and make changes, if necessary.
Once your system is installed, you’ll see the difference that tankless water heating can make to both your comfort and your wallet. To find a qualified plumber in the Kansas city area to answer your questions or to schedule an installation, please contact us at Overland Park Heating and Cooling.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Overland Park, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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