The IPC does not specifically require a thermal expansion tank or other device be installed with a tankless water heater. While this appears to imply that thermal expansion-induced pressure increases are only created by storage tank water heaters, this is not the case.
Gas-fired tankless water heaters will usually require a pressure relief valve, while electric on-demand water heaters may not. The manufacturers typically only require a pressure relief valve, not the combination temperature and pressure relief valve that is necessary for tank-type water heaters.
what water line does an expansion tank go on? Your expansion tank can be anywhere on your plumbing system and does not need to be installed in close proximity to the water heater. It is most commonly installed using a “T” at the cold inlet to the water heater. But, functionally, it can be installed anywhere on the cold inlet line.
Then, can a pressure tank be used as an expansion tank?
An expansion tank usually has a much smaller inlet hole than a pressure tank. But if it has a full open 3/4″ port it can work as either an expansion or a pressure tank. The one with the small port will only work as an expansion tank.
What is the downside of a tankless water heater?
Disadvantages include: Tankless water heaters usually can’t supply enough hot water for simultaneous uses such as showers and laundry. If a gas-powered unit has a pilot light, it can waste energy (with a conventional water heater, the pilot heats the water in the tank so it isn’t really wasted).
Can you use a tankless water heater with well water?
They Don’t Work With Well Water The harder the water, and the more people using the water, the more scale that begins to form. Well water is mistaken as too hard for tankless water heaters, but no significant difference has been shown regarding homes that use city water and those that use well water.
What is the lifespan of a tankless water heater?
Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years. Tankless water heaters can avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters.
How do you change a pressure relief valve on a tankless water heater?
When replacing a pressure-release valve, unplug the power cord to the heater and turn off the supply valves to the water lines. Open the lever on the valve and allow the pressure in the tank to release before disconnecting the discharge line and removing the valve.
Do I really need a pressure reducing valve?
Reducing high water pressure should extend the life of your fixtures. With a pressure-reducing valve, you can have a comfortable water pressure that your plumbing fixtures can handle. Besides reducing the harmful effects of high pressure, regulating your pressure means you also could save some water.
Why does my water heater leak from the pressure relief valve?
If a recently replaced T&P relief valve starts leaking again, it probably means that the relief valve is only doing it’s job; it relieving excess pressure in the water heater. When this happens, the fix gets a little bit more involved. When a water heater heats up the water in the tank, the water expands.
Do tankless hot water heaters leak?
Every major brand of tankless requires a drain pan if the unit is installed where a leak can cause damage to the home or building. Architects and engineers understand that when a tankless water heater reaches the end of its life it will likely leak, just like a tank.
Do expansion tanks need to be drained?
If the heating boiler expansion tank is heavy (try pushing it up or tapping on it) or if the relief valve is leaking, we probably need to drain the tank and let air return to it. Watch out: don’t go pushing the expansion tank all over the place.
How long does a thermal expansion tank last?
The average life of your tank can be anywhere between five and 10 years. You can extend the life of your expansion tank by making sure that your home’s water pressure matches the air pressure in your expansion tank. But in some cases, you’ll need to replace it.
What happens if expansion tank fails?
What Happens if the Expansion / Compression Tank is Not Working? The loss of air cushion in the expansion / compression tank means that at each heating-on cycle the system pressure can be too high, causing the temperature/pressure relief valve to spill.
Why does my expansion tank keep filling up?
Expansion Tank. If there is not enough air in the expansion tank, the buildup of pressure will force water out of the safety relief valve located above the boiler. Without enough air in the tank, the tank fills with water. The water expands as it heats up and then escapes through the safety relief valve.
Is an expansion tank necessary?
When is it required? An expansion tank is always highly recommended if you have a ‘closed-loop system’ caused by any kind of check valve or pressure regulating valve installed on your house’s water supply line. A common analogy compares having high water pressure in your home to having high blood pressure.
How do I know if my expansion tank is working?
How to Tell If an Expansion Tank is Working Tap on the tank. It should be hollow about half way up. Check the temperature by feeling the top and bottom of the tank. The tank should be warm on the bottom and cool on the top if it is working properly. Use an air gauge to check the pressure inside the tank. Check to see if your release valve is spurting water.
How much pressure should be in a water heater expansion tank?
The recommended water pressure is between 50 and 60 PSI. Thermal Expansion Tanks contain an air bladder which is pressurized with air, and expands and contracts to absorb the expanded water from the water heater. needed. Check the air pressure in the Expansion Tank using a tire gauge.