Tankless Water Heaters Frequently Asked Questions for Alberta, Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters FAQs

  • Will installing a tankless water heater save money?

    You will save approximately 30% of the energy previously consumed by your storage tank water heater assuming no lifestyle changes. It's important to note that of your total natural gas costs, your water heater represents...

  • Are tankless water heaters environmentally friendly?

    Since tankless water heaters are more efficient and only heat water when it's needed, they save...

  • Are tankless water heaters safe?

    In order to operate, tankless water heaters require a perfect air/gas mixture. That means they won't soot up or produce excessive carbon monoxide. Sensors around the unit will shut it down if it gets too...

  • Will I get instant hot water if I install a tankless water heater?

    Tankless water heaters will heat up water as soon as it's turned on, however, the cold water between the tank and your taps still has to travel through the pipes in the house to get to the fixture. You will notice a few seconds of cold water coming out of the fixture before the hot water arrives at the tap.

    Also, a tankless water heater needs a minimum flow to get the unit to operate. If you just turn on the tap slightly you may find it doesn't turn on. You need at least 66 gallons per minute to have the unit heat up the water flowing through...

  • What is the process to replace my existing storage tank unit with a tankless water heater?

    You can contact our Home Services department and a representative will contact you to fully understand your needs and ensure a tankless water heater is the right solution for you. If after the initial phone assessment it's determined that a tankless water heater will meet your needs and installation requirements, an Energy Management Consultant will visit your home to confirm all details and initiate the installation...

  • Is there any cost to have a rental tankless water heater installed?

    In some cases, there may be costs depending upon installation considerations such as the required location of the tankless water heater and the size of the existing gas...

  • Which tankless water heater brand does Direct Energy offer?

    Direct Energy offers Rinnai tankless water heaters. Rinnai was established in 1920 and is the world's largest manufacturer of gas appliances. Their tankless water heaters are manufactured to the highest quality standards, are subject to rigorous quality testing and are ENERGY STAR®...

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