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Tankless hot water heaters save you money by conserving energy, and provide unlimited hot water supply. Additionally, tankless hot water heaters save on space, boast an environmentally-friendly design, and last longer than regular water heaters. Kendrick Plumbing can make your tankless water heater run more effeciently, and provide hot water faster by installing a specialized pump. This pump works with your tankless water heater, to ensure water conservation and faster hot water in an unlimited supply.  

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Here’s what to think about when selecting a tankless water heater model:

1) Select a model based on the maximum amount of hot water to meet your peak demand. Use the following assumptions on water flow for various appliances to find the size of unit that is right for your purposes:

*Faucets: 0.75 gallons (2.84 liters) to 2.5 gallons (9.46 liters) per minute.
*Low-flow showerheads: 1.2 gallons (4.54 liters) to 2 gallons (7.57 liters) per minute.
*Older standard shower heads: 2.5 gallons (9.46 liters) to 3.5 gallons (13.25 liters) per minute.
*Clothes washers and dishwashers: 1 gallon (3.79 liters) to 2 gallons (7.57 liters) per minute.

2) Unless you know otherwise, assume that the incoming potable water temperature is 50° F (10° C). You will want your water heated to 120° F (49° C) for most uses, or 140° F (60° C) for dishwashers without internal heaters. To determine how much of a temperature rise you need, subtract the incoming water temperature from the desired output temperature. In this example, the needed rise is 70° F (39° C).

3) List the number of hot water devices you expect to have open at any one time, and add up their flow rates. This is the desired flow rate for the water heater, so select a manufacturer that makes such a unit. Most tankless hot water heaters are rated for a variety of inlet water temperatures. Choose the model that is closest to your needs.

4) Some types are thermostatically controlled. They can vary their output temperature according to the water flow rate and the inlet water temperature. This is useful when using a solar water heater for preheating the inlet water. If, using the above example, you connect this same tankless water heater to the outlet of a solar system, it only has to raise the water temperature a few degrees more, if at all, depending on the amount of solar gain that day.

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