Why so many people hate tankless
This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Why do so many people
hate tankless? Whether I am speaking to another contractor or a homeowner
the reasons given seem to be that they do not work. Bull sh**, at John
Baethke & Son Plumbing we service every major brand of tankless water
heater and almost 100% of the time when a customer calls us that they
have an issue with their tankless it is not the tankless. Almost without
fail when we go on a service call for tankless it is an improper installation.
There are so many things that you can screw up when you install a tankless.
For starters a tankless water heater uses about 5 times more gas when
it is working than your standard heater. Just this fact means that you
had better increase the gas pipe size substantially. Funny thing is many
people get this part right. The next concern is the size of the homes
gas meter. Typically the meter is sized to allow between 250,000 and 270,000
btu’s of gas flow. That was fine when you had a 100,000 btu furnace,
a 40,000 btu water heater, a 30,000 btu dryer and a 30,000 btu stove.
Now a days the stove alone can draw over 100,000 btu’s. So lets
add up a modern home with a tankless. Your average tankless is 199,000
btu’s, furnace 100,000 btu’s, dryer 30,000 btu’s and
a high-end stove and cook top can easily be 150,000 btu’s. That
totals 479,000 btu’s, guess what? Your meter is too small. We see
this almost every day! We can add to the mix the fact that most tankless’
are also vented incorrectly, do not have service valves, and are not installed
in the most appropriate circumstances and now you can understand why so
many people hate tankless. The problem started when Bosch corporation
first put their heaters into the Home Depot stores. Every Tom Dick and
Harry thought what a great idea it would be to have a tankless so they
bought one. unfortunately the last thing they thought of was hiring a
professional to install it. Most of those original heaters were installed
by either the homeowners, handymen, or heating companies, and the vast
majority were screwed up. That gave Bosch a very bad reputation. That
was very undeserved. The heaters were not the problem, it was the installation.
So, if you want a tankless water heater, start by hiring a professional
to install it and you will be guaranteed to have many, many years of great
hot water and trouble-free service, we guarantee it!