TANKLESS WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE
Tankless water heaters have become a common standard in today’s green building practices and for numerous good reasons. Their longevity and efficiency result in cost saving and environmental benefits. It’s a common misconception (most of the time lack of awareness) that tankless water heaters do not require homeowner maintenance, which is absolutely false. It is very important to be familiar with your manufactures recommendations and instructions in maintaining your tankless water heater (as well as every appliance and piece of equipment in your home). Keeping up regular maintenance on your home is a necessity to prolong the life of appliances/equipment. Your home is likely your most valuable asset/investment, it is important to familiarize yourself with the periodic maintenance that is required a normal upkeep. Just like your automobile requires periodic maintenance to different parts at certain times, your home should get the same attention if not more.
Most likely your tankless water heater in your home is a Navien. These are very complex units that have computer systems, handle up to 199,900BTU of natural gas and can pump up to 11.2 GPM of water to your faucets. That’s a lot of power and a complex system to regulate it. Just like recent car design has become more computer drive and complex, so has the building industry and tankless water heaters are a prime example of that. It is important that you service these items regularly to fully optimize their performance and lifespan.
Another water heater related maintenance item worth mentioning is the COH code required condensation neutralizer. This is design to protect the environment by neutralize the acidic condensation produced by tankless water heaters during the combustion process. It will periodically need to be cleaned/replaced to keep water from dripping out of its vent hole.
There are many service companies that offer these services above to homeowners. Please take the time to read the manufacture’s tips in the link below: