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Inline Water Heater Systems

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 1

What Is An Inline Water Heater?

An inline water heater is also known as a tankless water heater, and is a relatively new innovation that is fastly growing in it's application. They work without a tank, super heating the water as it passes through the pipes, so no waiting for the water to warm up or using up all of the hot water. These water heaters may be the most popular type of water heating system in the next few years. The major current barrier to this is cost but they are coming down in cost every year. There are various brands of these heating systems on the market. One of the best locations for an inline water heater are bathrooms or small apartments where a traditional tank will obviously not fit.

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Types Of Inline Water Heaters

 Depending on the situation in your home, you may need one of two types of water heaters. These are electric and natural gas versions. Make sure you learn what kind of hookups you have in your house because switching from one to the other is very costly and in some cases not possible. The installation work should be done by a professional who knows what they are doing because between electricity, gas lines and plumbing it is complicated work that can have dire consequences if not completed correctly.

How Does It Work?

 Compared to the other water heating systems, the tankless water heater does not store water. In other words, it does not have a storage tank attached to it like the traditional style water heaters heaters. These heaters heat the water only when needed. This means that when the tap is opened, the heater is switched on, and it boils the water that passes through it. Once the tap is closed, the heating automatically stops. The heater has sensors that are there to sense the flow of water, therefore, turning on the heating elements. This is what makes the inline water heater unique from the other types of water heaters. This design usually saves money on energy costs because the heater is not constantly working to keep the tank warm.

Advantages Of Tankless Water Heaters

  • Energy efficiency – As mentioned above, the heater doesn't have to work to keep the tank hot at all times so they save energy. In addition, it cuts on your energy costs, which is something every home owner, even businesses should look to do.

  • Environmental friendly – There are electric and gas types of water heaters. The types of fuel used for both types of the water heaters do not produce carbon-monoxide gas, which is known to cause environmental problems. This makes the water heaters pollution free.

  • Variety – These heaters come in a variety of sizes and shapes. There are those designed for domestic use and those for commercial use. They meet the client’s needs, whatever those needs may be.

  • Availability – The water heaters are readily available in the market and you can find them in your local equipment shop or buy them on online stores. This ensures that any person in need of the water heater can easily find them. Installation is also not a big project because it only needs to be attached to your existing pipes. Still, it is recommended to use a professional for installation.

  • Durability – The inline water heater is only heats water on demand. This means that its use is regulated thus ensuring its parts remain efficient for a long time, especially when compared to the constantly running tanked water heaters.

Disadvantages of Inline Water Heaters

The main disadvantage with the inline water heater is the cost. It can often be much more expensive to install a tankless water heater over a traditional one. Another issue is that it is limited in the quantity of hot water that it puts out at once. A large tanked water heater will hold a lot of hot water so households may take two hot showers at the same time and have no issue. With a tankless water heater, it can only heat what is coming through the pipes, so the more you use the more the water is split up.



Feb 28, 2013 7:42pm
It seems like these would be especially good for places with just one person, so they don't have to constantly heat a whole tank of water, and also for places with many people, so they don't have to worry about running out of hot water. Neat!
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