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What are the disadvantages of owning one of these?
The main issue owners have with these types of water heaters is the fact that sometimes all the water that is flowing throught the system does not get heated. Sometimes the water will be hot, and then for a second it will be cold. This can be very frustrating for people who needs a constant supply of hot water.
Maintaining your tankless water heater
Whenever you purchase or upgrade to a tankless water heater, you will need to ensure that the proper maintainance schedule is followed. Be low will be a list of maintainance procedures to follow in order to keep your water heater running at its best.
- Replace the filter per your installer's recommendations or once every six months.
- Grease and sediment collect on gas burners and tankless water heater components over time. If left unchecked, this build up will block the gas and oil nozzles required to operate properly, resulting in reduced output and ultimately system failure.
- Grease removal is a simple process that should be done annually or after each use of the tankless water heater with a grease remover product that is specifically designed for use on hot surface equipment such as furnaces and tankless water heaters (recommended).
What kind of tools do I need?
Tools needed for this job are simple. It requires:
- A phillips screwdriver
- Wrench or socket set with ratchet
- Adjustable wrench
- Drill for securing the unit onto the wall
Is a plumber needed for the conversion?
Depending on your diy skillset, doing this job by yourself can save you at least $100 in labor costs.
What is the correct size for the Heater?
Tankless water heaters come in different sizes so be sure to get one that will fit inside of your RV with some room left over. For most RVs, the 6 gallon per min unit should suffice but be sure to check before buying it.
Electric tankless water heater vs. Propane tankless water heater
You will have the option of choosing an electric or propane tankless water heater. For you to decide which option will suit your RV the best, you should take into consideration how big your RV is and where you are planning on traveling with it.
Electric units cost less initially but could prove more expensive in the long run because of high electricity bills; whereas propane units are often pricier but may be more practical for larger RVs that need to pump out hot water fast while staying in places where electrical hookups are not accessible (and thus making it difficult to use an electric heater).
Propane heaters also tend to heat up faster than their electric counterparts; however, if there is enough sunlight coming through, then solar panels on the roof may be all you need to heat up your water. When choosing a heater, you're going to want to make sure it's both convenient and cost-effective.
Electric Tankless Water Heater for RVs
When thinking of alternative ways to stay warm during those cold winter months, an electric tankless water heater can be a great option for you RV. This unit works by heating the water as needed instead of keeping a large supply heated at once. With this model, which provides instant hot water on demand , there is no storage tank that needs refilling at specific intervals – it heats up whenever you need it most – whether that's during or after use. By eliminating the traditional storage tank system, this design frees up space you probably didn't know you had.
To conclude this article, it is important to note that the advantages of converting from a tank water heater to a tankless unit are essentially saving you space and adding operational safety. These types of water heaters are great at what they do and can give the average RV owner a lot of flexibility.
Be sure to ask your dealer or manufacturer for any possible warranty concerns that may arise from doing this conversion. Have fun as you watch your water heating bills plummet as well as your space increase in your motorhome.