- 1 Can a homeowner install a tankless water heater?
- 2 What is the downside of a tankless water heater?
- 3 How hard is it to install a tankless water heater?
- 4 Where should a tankless water heater be installed?
- 5 Do you need an electrician to install a tankless water heater?
- 6 Why is tankless water heater installation so expensive?
- 7 Can you run out of hot water with a tankless water heater?
- 8 Is it worth switching to a tankless water heater?
- 9 Can a tankless water heater fill a tub?
- 10 What is the average cost of installing a tankless water heater?
- 11 How long does it take to install a tankless water heater?
- 12 What are the electrical requirements for a tankless water heater?
- 13 How much space is required for a tankless water heater?
- 14 How high should a tankless water heater be installed?
Can a homeowner install a tankless water heater?
Installation. While it is possible to install your own tankless water heater, it’s not a job for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers. There are a number of different sizes and styles of tankless water heaters, including propane, natural gas and electric, along with single-room or whole-house sized models.
What is the downside of a tankless water heater?
The primary disadvantage of on demand or instant hot water heaters is the upfront cost. The smaller units that you often see won’t produce enough hot water to serve most households. They’ll only serve one faucet at a time—a problem if you want to shower while the dishwasher is running.
How hard is it to install a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters cost more than traditional tank water heaters; typically about twice the price for the unit alone, depending on what flow rate is needed. They’re also more difficult to install, as they have special venting requirements and often need larger gas lines because of the higher BTU rating.
Where should a tankless water heater be installed?
The ideal location for your water heater is inside the home. Most installations are small and unobtrusive so they will easily fit in a pantry, under the stairs, or under your sink. If you must place the water heater outside, make sure it’s safe from direct sunlight, rain, and insects.
Do you need an electrician to install a tankless water heater?
Installation of a tankless water heater is NOT considered a “do-it-yourself” project. However, the installation of a Stiebel Eltron electric tankless water heater is relatively simple and can be done by any licenced plumber and electrician.
Why is tankless water heater installation so expensive?
Installation is expensive because the unit needs a bigger gas supply than a conventional water heater does, and it needs to run its own exhaust flue to the exterior. Installation costs can vary widely, depending on the location of the flue and the gas supply. The unit itself costs between $800 and $1,000.
Can you run out of hot water with a tankless water heater?
With a tankless system, there isn’t a supply of hot water that can be depleted. Instead, the water heater heats up water as there is a demand for it. It will keep doing this as long as there is demand – and that means you won’t run out of hot water!
Is it worth switching to a tankless water heater?
The big advantage of tankless water heaters is that they use less energy since they only heat up water when you need it. You can save hundreds on your energy bill each year. Because they don’t waste power, you can also enjoy the fact that your home will be more sustainable and eco-friendly.
Can a tankless water heater fill a tub?
Please remember that tankless water heaters also come in different sizes, and you need to get a unit that will deliver a strong flow to the tub. A small tankless water heater can take a long time to fill a large tub. Whatever way you choose, at least now you’ll finally be able to relax in a nice, hot whirlpool tub.
What is the average cost of installing a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters are more expensive than storage water heaters, and the units alone can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. The final price will likely be in the $2000 – $4500 range including installation.
How long does it take to install a tankless water heater?
Placing the new tankless water heater shouldn’t last more than half an hour. The plumber has to bring the new unit, take it out of the box and handle it for the later mount. Connecting the system may take somewhere between 45 and 60 minutes.
What are the electrical requirements for a tankless water heater?
Unfortunately, the average electric tankless water heater needs at least 120 amps to operate and the average household’s total capacity is 200 amps. This means you will have to upgrade your electrical system to accommodate for the larger load demand, which could cost you up to $1,500.
How much space is required for a tankless water heater?
As a general rule of thumb any gas tankless water heater that uses internal combustion air musts have at least 10,000 cu. ft. of space around the unit. Confined areas (such as a closet) may require air ducts or additional air inlets.
How high should a tankless water heater be installed?
The best place to install the unit is on the second floor. This is assuming that your laundry room is in the basement or first floor. Ensure that the heater or outlet water pipe doesn’t touch the combustible materials. Keep a distance of 24″ between the combustibles, the water heater, and the output hot water pipe.