Tankless Water Heaters in Cincinnati

Tankless Water Heater Installation and On-Demand Hot Water Heater Repair for Cincinnati, Ohio

Tankless water heaters have quickly become a popular hot water heater option for Cincinnati homeowners who want to lower utility expenses and limit energy waste around the home. Unlike conventional tank gas water heaters or tank electric water heaters, a tankless unit heats water only when needed – it doesn’t preheat hot water for storage until it’s time for use. There’s no constant use of energy as with a conventional model, which reduces cost of operation and energy consumption.

Installing a tankless water heater is a great choice if you’re looking to lower energy consumption around your house. With approximately 14 percent of the average Ohio home’s energy spending going toward water heating, switching to a more efficient type of water heater will create noticeable savings on your energy bills.

Ready to go tankless? Contact the plumbers of Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of tank and tankless water heating, and explore installation options. If you already have a tankless water heater but need service or repair, we have you covered – contact us today to schedule service.

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Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

If you haven’t considered a tankless water heater for your Cincinnati home, take a look at these advantages and see if it is the right water heater for your household!

  • A tankless unit can be the safer option, as it runs only when there is a need for hot water, not all the time. Plus, many models include safety features to further increase safety of use. Monitoring systems give insight into water heater operation, flow rate, and water pressure. Safety controls shut down the system if failure or dangerous conditions are detected.
  • Eliminate energy waste used to store hot water and keep it warm around the clock when you upgrade to a tankless unit. This move could save you as much as 35 percent in energy expenses!
  • Tankless water heaters have a much smaller footprint than a conventional gas water or electric water heater. As such, they can be installed in tight spaces, offering more flexibility than conventional water heaters.
  • Versus a tank gas water heater, a tankless gas water heater is as much as 40 percent more energy efficient. They’re up to 55 percent more efficient versus a tank electric water heater.
  • With professional maintenance, a tank water heater should last twice as long as a tank water heater, 20 to 10 years comparatively.
  • Never run out of enough hot water with a tankless model sized to meet your demand. No waiting around for a tank to refill before you can shower!

A new tankless water heater is only as good as the plumber who installs it. Trust Thomas & Galbraith for the reliable service required to place your new water heater into action and ensure it operates as expected for years to come.

Selecting a Tankless Water Heater for Your Cincinnati Area Home

Choosing the right water heater for your home can make a big difference in your energy costs, as 14 percent of your energy expenses are created by this household process. Over the course of the year, that 14 percent adds up to a lot of money, so here are some things to consider when selecting a tankless water heater for increased efficiency and savings at home.

Power Source

Just as with conventional tank water heaters, there are tankless gas water heaters and tankless electric water heaters. The most popular fuel source options for tankless units are gas or liquid propane, as they offer more power – but if your home doesn’t have access to a gas source, the expense of adding gas lines may drive the price too high for your budget. If you choose an electric tankless unit, you may need to upgrade your electric system, as these units can place a high load on the system.

Flow Rates

Flow rate of a tankless water heater is used to size a unit for a household. First you must determine the family’s peak hot water usage to know how much hot water a new tankless water heater will need to deliver enough hot water for all needs across the home.

While it’s best to look up the actual water usage rate for your home’s fixtures and appliances to determine the needed flow rate, these averages are helpful if you do not know.

  • Faucets: 0.75 gallons to 2.5 gallons per minute
  • Low-flow shower heads: 1.2 gallons to 2 gallons per minute
  • Older standard shower heads: 2.5 gallons to 3.5 gallons per minute
  • Clothes washers and dishwashers: 1 gallon to 2 gallons per minute


You could buy a less costly tankless water heater, but doing so may cost you more in the end with higher energy consumption. Always consider the operating costs of a new tankless system in addition to the purchase price – spending more upfront can help you save money overall.

Install and Maintenance Care

Tankless water heaters are specialized systems that require expert installation. You need a plumber who understands local code requirements, safe installation for different power sources, and how to protect the system from safety issues. Choose a Thomas & Galbraith plumber to perform installation of a new tankless hot water heater – this is not a DIY job.

Repairs for Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are largely low maintenance, but from time to time, problems can occur with any household system. A tankless water heater can be prone to errors such as:

  • Flame failure
  • Ignition failure
  • System overload
  • Air supply blockage
  • Exhaust blockage
  • Cold water sandwich
  • Mineral deposits

If your tankless water heater’s performance decreases and it’s no longer able to deliver enough hot water for your household, it’s time to call Thomas & Galbraith for plumbing help. Our plumbers are available around the clock to assist you in emergency situations.

Maintenance for Tankless Water Heater Units

While very low maintenance, tankless water heaters are not completely maintenance-free. Preventive maintenance is recommended to help maintain a long service life from the system, which could be over 20 years with excellent care!

Tankless water heaters can have difficulties in homes with hard water. The minerals carried through the water supply can deposit on the unit’s heat exchanger, leading to clogs that limit water flow. This issue forces the unit to work more than it should, which increases utility expenses. This problem also takes years off system service life if not addressed. The heat exchanger could be damaged beyond repair by mineral building, and you’re stuck with the expense of system replacement rather than a repair.

Maintenance for tankless water heaters includes descaling to remove minerals in the system. The system is cleaned with a vinegar and water solution then flushed continuously to clear out deposits.

When a Thomas & Galbraith plumber performs maintenance for tankless units, the system is descaled to ensure no mineral buildup. We recommend these appointments at least once a year to preserve system function and longevity – call us today to set an appointment.

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