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Buying Gas-Powered Tankless Water Heaters

by Raul Gonzalez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)

Are you planning to buy and install a tankless water heater at your home? It is about time. These days when costs of energy is getting higher and there is an ongoing financial crisis, you should do all possible tasks to significantly save money.

There are numerous types of tankless water heaters that are available in the market. before you head to any retailer to buy your unit, you should first decide if you are purchasing an electric powered or a gas-poweredtankless water heater.

Electric powered tankless water heater is of course powered by electricity. Numerous and serial electric coils are integrated into the appliance to instantly facilitate water heating when needed. Many consumers prefer it because it is convenient and is not bulky.

On the other hand, gas-powered tankless water heaters are using gas burners for heating. The burners are turned on and off whenever the user needs to. If you are planning to buy a gas-fired tankless water heater, there should be requirements you must first consider.

First, identify whether the tankless water heater of your choice is using propane or natural gas. It is imperative to check out the current gas line you use to make sure it would meet the requirement of the gas-firedtankless water heater model of your choice.

Such requirements may exceed those by your current tank-style or conventional water heater.

Second, consider all the necessary venting requirements for the specificinstallation. There could be several other things you should keep in mind when buying gas venting accessories that are required for the installationof your gas-powered tankless water heater.

Third, prefer category 3 stainless steel as a vent for your gas poweredtankless water heater. Take note that type B vent accessories are inacceptable for the appliance. Make sure you check local building codes and regulations for your specific needs.

Gas-powered tankless water heaters are usually offered with gas-venting kits. You should first evaluate specific requirements of the installation so you could be sure the appliance has the necessary gas vent accessories.

A pre-made kit would be ideal. Measure the vent route to consider where any discharge would go through, whether through the ceiling or the wall. Also take note of necessary clearances and information about air combustion access. Buy the required gas vent pieces.

Take note that some gas-powered tankless water heaters are also requiring even a minimum electric connection. Always review installationrequirements of the units.

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Updated: October 7, 2013 — 2:39 pm

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