Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Posted on: November 25, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Plumbing

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance For Houston Homeowners

Tankless water heaters run water through small apertures, so it is important that your water quality be at least fairly high. If your water is hard, install a water softener if you do not already have one. If your local water’s hardness exceeds 8 grains per gallon, you may need to install a water filter prior to installing the water heater.

Tankless water heaters are great at saving energy. But, to maintain that energy efficiency, it is important to flush mineral deposits from the unit about once a year.

How to Flush Out a Tankless Hot Water Heater

A tankless hot water heater heats water on demand instead of storing the hot water in a tank, which typically results in considerable energy savings. Tankless water heater manufacturers recommend their units be flushed at least once a year to eliminate the buildup of calcium and other minerals within the unit — even more often if you have hard water. Some units will indicate when the unit is in need of flushing. You can flush out a tankless hot water heater in about one hour.

  1. Disconnect the electrical power supply to the water heater. Close the main water valve handles on the cold water valve (blue handle) and the hot water valve (red handle) by rotating each until they are perpendicular with the respective valve body. This shuts off the incoming cold water to the water heater and isolates the water heater from the hot water pipes going into the plumbing system of the home or business.
  2. On the cold water valve (blue), there is a purge valve with a small T-Handle. This is used as the flushing inlet and the opposite purge valve on the hot water side (red) is used for the flushing outlet or return drain. Be certain that the outlet hot water purge port (red) is closed (perpendicular to the purge port valve body) before removing the purge port valve cap.
  3. Slowly open the drain caps on each purge port valve. Always be sure to inspect the cap to ensure that the rubber washer sealing disc stays in each respective cap.
  4. Continue with the manufacturer’s recommended procedure for attach¬ment of the lines and for specific draining and flushing instruc¬tions. To open the purge port valves, the T-Handles on the port outlet pipes are rotated so that they are parallel to each purge port valve body.
  5. When flushing is complete and before the lines are removed, verify that the purge port valves are closed. Remove the lines and reinstall the purge port valve caps, ensuring that the rub¬ber washer is in the cap, and tighten. (NOTE: To prevent damage to the rubber sealing discs (washers), do not over tighten these caps.)
  6. Re-start-up & return to normal operation
  7. Before turning on the supply water to the heater, make sure that the main valve handles on both the hot & cold valves are closed (perpendicular to the main valve bodies). Also ensure that the purge port valve caps are tightened down and that the valves are in the closed position (T-Handle perpendicular to the purge port valve body). WARNING: NEVER RELY ON THE PURGE CAP TO STOP THE WATER FLOW
  8. For water heater start-up, refer to the water heater owners’ manual.
  9. During normal operation, the main water valves are open when the main valve handle is parallel with the main valve body and closed when the main valve handle is perpendicular to the main valve body. To return the heater to operation ,rotate the main water flow handles to a parallel position in alignment with the main valve body. At this time, water will begin entering the heater. Slowly open a hot water tap in the sink and allow the air to pass through the system until the water no longer is burping air. With the hot water tap opened and running, wait for several seconds to be sure that the lines are cleared of air. At this point, you should run the hot water tap for a minute or two to clear any residual air and cleaning agent from the system.

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance Tips

The tankless water heater, also referred to as an on-demand water heater, offers homeowners the convenience of having hot water available whenever it is needed, without requiring a very heavy tank to hold water in storage and keep it hot. The compact size of these water heaters, along with their efficiency, are two primary reasons behind their popularity. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.

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