Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Stiebel Tempra 24 Electric Tankless Hot Water Heater Installation

Stiebel Tempra 24 Electric Tankless Hot Water Heater Installation

We  installed a stiebel 24 electric hot water heater  in 2008 during a client’s bathroom remodel. It was relatively easy to install, but required 6/3 wire run in a pair. The left side of the unit requires a ground but the right side does not. 50 feet of this wire cost over $120. The client also purchased a high end control valve to cut the water off and...

Correctly sizing a tankless hot water heater

Correctly sizing a tankless hot water heater

To make sure a house has the proper size tankless water heater you must first determine just how many uses will occur at the same time. Most small tankless units are designed to run 1 to 2 fixtures at a time. This would be something like a shower and the dishwasher. These units typically support a flow of around 4 gallons per minute. An average shower uses about...

Venting a Gas Tankless Hot Water Heater

Venting  a Gas Tankless Hot Water Heater

Unlike conventional hot water heaters, gas tankless units generate a significant amount of exhaust and heat to instantly heat up your hot water. To do this safely the units require stainless steel piping which is single walled and either 4″ or 5″. This is in contrast to the conventional units which use a 3″ double walled galvanized pipe. The...

Tips on Installing a Tankless Gas Hot Water Heater

Tips on Installing a Tankless Gas Hot Water Heater

While installing  a Takagi Unit in an attic recently there was a debate about code issues concerning the installation of these units. The question specifically detailed the water line plumbing to and from the unit itself. I assumed the code requirements were the same as a standard Hot Water heater. Turned out I was right. There are newer isolation valves on the...

Bosch 2400ES Aquastar Tankless Water Heater

Bosch 2400ES Aquastar Tankless Water Heater

Bosch makes some of the most respected tankless water heaters on the market. They recently came out with a new unit .  Their high capacity product is the Aquastar 2400ES. It is available in both Natural Gas and Propane versions. Unfortunately it has not rated well on line. It looks like several people have had issues with the unit and Bosch’s customer...

Takagi Tk-3 Tankless Hot Water Heater Review

Takagi Tk-3 Tankless Hot Water Heater Review

Takagi is a Japanese company and makes some of the finest gas tankless water heaters on the market. They have been manufacturing these units since the 1940’s and know their stuff. I personally have a Takagi TK-1 unit that has been in use for 7 years on the outside of my house mounted on the wall, and it has worked flawlessly. I highly recommend these...