- 1 How do you calculate how big of a tankless water heater do I need?
- 2 What size tankless water heater do I need for a family of 5?
- 3 How much space do you need for a tankless water heater?
- 4 What is the downside of a tankless water heater?
- 5 Can a tankless water heater fill a tub?
- 6 Is it worth switching to a tankless water heater?
- 7 Can tankless water heater heat whole-house?
- 8 Can a homeowner install a tankless water heater?
- 9 How long does a tankless water heater last?
- 10 How much should a tankless water heater cost installed?
- 11 Is a tankless water heater good for a large family?
- 12 What are the electrical requirements for a tankless water heater?
How do you calculate how big of a tankless water heater do I need?
How to Select the Right Size Tankless Water Heater
- Determine the maximum number of devices you want to run and their total flow rate. Then, add up their flow rates (gallons per minute).
- Determine required temperature rise.
- Sizing Example: An average shower will be between 104–106° and uses 2.6 gallons of water.
What size tankless water heater do I need for a family of 5?
In short, a family of 5 would need a 10 GPM gas tankless heater or 27 kW electric tankless heater if you live in the northern part of the USA, where the input water has a lower temperature. The tankless heater has to work extra hard to bring the water temperature up to 110˚F or 120˚F.
How much space do you need 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.
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.
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.
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 tankless water heater heat whole-house?
Even in a cold climate, these efficient units can provide both domestic hot water and whole-house heating. Tankless water heaters are a proven technology with a track record of many years for heating DHW (see “Installing On-Demand Water Heaters,” 2/06).
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.
How long does a tankless water heater last?
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.
How much should a tankless water heater cost installed?
The gas tankless water heater installation cost would be in the $1200 to $3000 range if switching from electric to gas. You do save about $250 because you do not need a tempering valve installed with a gas tankless water heater installation.
Is a tankless water heater good for a large family?
Endless Hot Water Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, thus they do not run out of hot water. This type of water heating system can be useful for large families or for homes with larger hot water demands – for example homes with a soaking tub or spa system are often good candidates for a tankless system.
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.