Installing an On-Demand Hot Water System

Project: Basement Finishing and Family Space, Episode 2, Part 3



Bob and Larry Janesky of Basement Systems review the work being done to cut a drainage trench in the concrete around the perimeter of the basement floor. Water will be channeled through the trench to a sump – dug at the lowest spot in the basement – where it can be pumped out of the home.  A triple safe power pump protects the home even if there is a loss of power.  Bob reviews the work done on the existing plumbing once all the waterproofing and flood-prevention measures are put in place in the basement. Al Leone of Leone Plumbing Corp. first cut the pipes into sections for easy removal and demonstrates some of the specialized work he does to install the pipe, including using oakum, a joint runner, and poured hot lead to form a joint seal. Old brass water pipes are replaced with PEX tubing, creating more headroom in the basement and the sink and laundry lines can be easily relocated.  Bob talks with Dan Driscoll of Rinnai about the new on-demand water heater being installed. The heater is a whole-house system sized for a three-bathroom household, laundry, and cleaning. An on-demand, tankless water heater saves basement space  and is energy efficient because it does not store hot water. Driscoll opens up the water heater to show how the system works. Once the water is turned on, sensors detect the amount of water being used and the temperature of the incoming cold water. The on-demand system is about 40% more efficient than gas-fueled tank water heaters and 70% more efficient than electric tank water heaters.

 

Part 1: Keep Water Out of the Basement
Part 2: Reworking the Existing Plumbing and Replacing Brass Water Pipes with PEX Tubing
Part 3: Installing an On-Demand Hot Water System

Bob talks with Dan Driscoll of Rinnai about the new on-demand water heater being installed. Driscoll explains that the heater is a whole-house system sized for a three-bathroom household, laundry, and cleaning. An on-demand, tankless water heater is energy efficient because it does not store hot water. Eliminating the tank also saves basement space. The unit can run three showers simultaneously with a flow rate of 5.3 gallons per minute and no drop in hot water delivery. The water heater has a moveable controller on the side so that the temperature of the hot water can be adjusted from anywhere in the home. Driscoll opens up the water heater to show how the system works. Once the water is turned on, sensors detect the amount of water being used and the temperature of the incoming cold water. The system adjusts the gas burner to meet the set temperature. Driscoll shows Bob the dual-chamber sealed-combustion PVC pipe that brings combustion air through the outside chamber and exhausts fumes through an inner tube. The on-demand system is about 40% more efficient than gas-fueled tank water heaters and 70% more efficient than electric tank water heaters.

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