Traditional water heaters, because of their size, are traditionally limited in where they can be installed. However, tankless water heaters, because they are small and leak very rarely, are a little more flexible. Any plumber will tell you that the efficiency of your water heater, traditional or tankless, is pretty dependent on where it is installed. The closer the water heater is to your water features, the less water it wastes and the faster you get that hot water to you. However, where is the best place to install a tankless water heater?
In terms of installation simplicity and cost, it is typically best to install your tankless hot water heater right where your old one was. In this area, your plumbing is already configured to support a hot water heater and you may already have a venting system that can be connected.
However, you are not completely bound to this location. In some homes, the hot water heater may have been installed in a garage because that was the only place with enough room. Yet, that hot water heater likely struggled to get hot water to the bathroom on the other end of the house. It resulted in a lot of water waste. As a tankless model is small, you can have it installed in a closet more in the center of your home. This means that hot water gets where it needs to be much faster and with less water waste.
The ideal location for a tankless water heater to be installed is in an area that will require as little alteration to your plumbing as possible. However, if you are installing this new model, you mind as well try to get as many benefits from it as you can.
If you are considering a tankless water heater or are having issues with your already installed water heater, contact us today to see what Katy Water Heater Repair can do to help.