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Tankless offer many benefits including lower energy cost, lesser space requirement, longer lifespan than storage type heaters and most importantly endless hot water supply. But unless you choose a tankless of appropriate size, you may not get desired results. These heaters often need a new vent line and a dedicated gas line. It may be a good idea to install a water softener with a tankless heater. Annual de-scaling may be necessary, if water softener is not installed.

Water recirculation systems are often installed to ensure that hot water reaches even the most distant fixtures in the house easily. These are of three types: conventional, retrofit-by-pass and demand system. The traditional water recirculation systems feature an extra pipe, which enables water from far away fixtures to easily return to the heater. A pump is used to push water out of the heater and back into it through the return pipe. The pump can be equipped with thermostats and timers to bring down the running time.

In case of retrofit-by-pass, the cold water line is used as return pipe. Similar to traditional systems, pumps are used to move the water. Demand water recirculation system work is the same fashion as retrofit-by-pass system and makes use of cold water line as return line. But in this case, a wireless remote is pressed to start the pump when hot water is desired. This system works best with tankless heaters.

Regardless of the type of water heater and water circulation system you use, maintenance is essential to ensure that they provide trouble free service for many years. Some of the best plumbing service providers like In Demand Plumbing in San Francisco East Bay, California offer full service water heater maintenance plans. Such plans are cost effective and can prolong your water heater’s life by five to ten years.

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