A Traditional Water Heater works by storing water in a large 30-50 gallon tank and keeping it heated. The preheated water is used for laundry, showers, washes dishes, etc. Having a water heater is essential in our day-to-day lives. But how do you know when your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan? Typically, there are not many warning signs. The best way to know if your heater is getting ready to fail is its age. The average water heater lasts anywhere from 9-12 years, so if your heater is nearing this time frame, it is important to have it changed out.
A Tankless Water Heater is a water heater that instantly heats water as it flows through the unit. It does not retain any water internally except for what is gathered in the heat exchanger coil. Hence, why these are also called "On Demand" water heaters. Because the tankless heater does not rely on a physical tank, the supply of hot water is endless and the unit mounts on a wall and frees up floor space.
A Circulating Water Pump delivers heated water almost instantly after you open your faucet, tub, or shower fixture. The pump is designed to be on the hot water line leaving the water heater OR on a dedicated hot water return line. In the first case, we would install underneath the faucet of whichever room you most wish to have instant hot water in. The pump works with this secondary device to send the hot water back through the cold water line when water is not being used. Even though it runs through your cold water line, your water will remain cool.