Are you upgrading your home with a new tankless water heater system? Tankless water heaters have a number of advantages over traditional water heating systems. Chief among them is the because they eliminate the exorbitant cost of heating and maintaining up to fifty gallons of hot water at a time. Instead, they create hot water quickly and easily on demand. The following installation tips will help ensure you get the installation requirements right the first time.
When installing an outdoor gas tankless water heater, ventilation isn’t necessary. That makes the installation requirements of an outdoor unit simple. When installing one indoors, you’ll need a simple combustion fan and PVC piping that blows exhaust outside. Although most manufacturers advise against venting into a chimney, there are typically two options for safe venting:
- You can vent upward through a chimney or roof
- You can vent horizontally through a side wall
Electric tankless water heater installation requirements
You should also keep certain safety considerations in mind. A safe temperature setting is approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Most tankless water heaters have computer controlled thermostats capable of maintaining a safe, consistent temperature setting that offers scald protection. A tankless system offers increased safety versus a tank system because there is no stored hot water, no rupturing or leaking, and no threat of sediment or bacteria buildup that might produce foul odors and contaminated water.When installing an electric tankless water heater, keep the following electrical service requirements in mind. These requirements are typical but may vary according to the unit you select. Some of those requirements might include 50-200 amps of electricity (depending on the size of your unit), a 120-volt electric outlet, and at least one 20-amp breaker.
You should expect to pay twice what you’d pay for a traditional storage water heater. Additionally, installation costs can $2,000 and you can typically install a tankless water heater right where your storage tank once stood. This is an ideal location because the existing gas line or electrical wiring you need are already in place. You can also safely install your tankless water heater system outside. Whichever location you choose, be sure your new system meets the installation requirements of being at least three feet away from an operable window.
Another benefit of tankless water heaters is that they are compact enough to fit into places where a storage water heater would not fit. As long as you’re careful to ensure adequate air supply and ventilation (if needed), a tankless water heater can be safely installed in a closet, utility room, basement, or attic.
When choosing a contractor to install your tankless system, make sure they carry all necessary local permits, are aware of local building codes and have references from satisfied customers. They should also have the necessary skills and expertise to ensure. A qualified technician can also identify the best sized system according to the size of your home, the number of occupants, and your hot water use habits.
With a tankless water heater, necessary electrical upgrades, and installation costs, you’ll save energy, energy costs, and monthly utility costs. It’s a smart, safe way to meet your family’s hot water needs.