The thing with tankless water heaters is that they’re expensive. Nonetheless, it is a necessary evil. Let’s be honest, traditional tank heaters are alright but they leave a few gaps behind and I think that tankless ones bridge them perfectly.
First, let me clarify something really quick. It’s true that tankless water heaters are slightly more expensive initially but what you must know is that they are much more effective on the long run. Forget about flooding your home because of a faulty tank.
Let’s be honest, traditional water heaters with giant thanks are prehistoric. But here’s the thing, not only is leakage no more a concern but tankless water heaters will cover for their initial cost on the long run. Fact is, tankless water heaters will conserve water and energy a lot more efficiently. An electric tankless water heater for example can deduce up to a $100 yearly on your house bills.
That is but the edge of the iceberg for the perks of the tankless water heater are countless. However, as is the case with every product, quality depends greatly on the name you choose to trust. That’s why we’re reviewing a familiar brand on the scene of water heaters, in hope to give you a clear idea on what to expect from their products.
ECCOTEMP: So let’s get right to it!
Eccotemp Tankless Water Heaters Reviews
First on the Eccotemp list is the ECCOTEMP 45H which is an outdoor tankless water heater that comes in two models, supporting natural gas (Eccotemp 45H-NG) and propane (Eccotemp 45H-LP). Or you can get both, that way you won’t have to argue with your environmentally sensitive spouse.
The most important bit about most heaters is how quick they can heat your water and that happens to be a strong point for this unit because it will deliver a flow rate of about 6.8 gallons per minute which can easily cater for a house with two bathrooms. The higher you set water temperature, the less water flow (GPM) you get. I mean, for example, at 45 degrees, the maximum water flow you can get out of this unit is 6.8. Increase that temperature to 75 degrees and you get around 2.6 GPM. So, it is a pretty strong heater.
Moreover, it is pretty common for outdoor heaters to freeze and in case you live in a cold area then this should be one of your biggest concerns but that’s not necessarily a problem with this heater. This ECCOTEMP tankless water heater comes equipped with a built-in anti-freezing circuit whose sole purpose is to minimize the possibility of freezing the unit. On that note, if you’re going to install your water heater outside then you better make sure, it’s sheltered from wind because it’s much more damaging than cold temperature.
Moving on to the second Ecotemp on the list and this one goes by the name of ECCOTEMP FVI-12. I honestly have no idea about what the abbreviations stand for but if you’re really interested then I’m sure you can Google it. This heater also comes in two models that support both natural gas (Eccotemp FVI-12-NG) and propane (Eccotemp FVI-12-LP) which gives it more points for user’s preference accommodation.
On the other hand, this tankless water heater is not the strongest. With a flow rate of 3.6 gallons per minute at an approximate 35 degree rise, this heater will be able to handle a small house with one bathroom but anything more than that would be wishful thinking. Meaning, this unit is specifically designed for a family of two or three maximum. However, it comes for a very comfortable price which explains everything.
Safety wise; this heater is equipped with a powerful ventilation system, so if you hear noise after you turn your hot water off, don’t panic, it’s just the internal fan cooling it off. Also, still on safety, the manufacturer promises a 2 years warranty on the heater which is always good thing.
More Eccotemp tankless water heaters and this time with the unique Eccotemp L10 which happens to be a portable tankless water heater that runs on liquid propane. The idea of a portable water heater might strike you as strange at first but believe me, this thing can become very handy during the summer (camping, swimming pool shower, beach shower, cabin in the woods shower…) I know the last one sounds sinister but you get where I’m going with this.
This on demand water heater is as powerful as a unit this size should be. The L10 is very light and it generates a flow rate of 2.6 gallons per minute at around 100-degrees which should be hot enough for anyone unless if your definition of hot is bathing with Satan, in that case, you may try something more powerful.
Also, this heater is very practical and safer than you might think. For instance, it has an automatic shutoff timer which will be activated after 20 minutes and resets when water stops then starts again. All these reasons and more make this little guy a smart choice for people who are always on the go.
Fourth comes the ECCOTEMP 45HI which is a fine double model that accommodates for natural gas (Eccotemp 45HI-NG) and propane as well (Eccotemp 45HI-LP). Straight off the hook, this model comes with a 5 years warranty on parts and 10 years on heat exchanger and I wanted to mention it first because it says a lot about how much the manufacturer trusts their product.
Functionality wise, this heater generates a flow rate of 6.8 gallons per minute at a 35 degrees rise, 4.5 GPM at 45 degrees and 2.6 GPM at a 70 degrees rise and that is hot! This heater should perform great in a house of two to three bathrooms, in addition to the extra house chores which require hot water.
When it comes to protection, again, you must keep your heater sheltered and not expose it to the weather conditions. Although this heater comes with a built-in anti freezing circuit, you must do your best to preserve your unit because this heater can easily live up to 20 years of labour.
Last but not least comes the second unique (also portable) ECCOTEMP and it goes by the code name L5. There isn’t much to say that I didn’t say already about portable heaters but just think about it. You can take this thing anywhere you go, easily install it and shower in class.
Unlike the previous portable heater – Eccotemp L10 -, this one is slightly weaker and would work best for warmer weather, so don’t have big hopes. After all, that is the natural environment for portable heaters and it should do fine in its zone. The L5 promises a flow rate of 1.4 gallons per minute which is reasonable considering its size (this thing is as big as your laptop), it requires 20-80 PSI of water pressure to function appropriately and it runs on liquid propane fuel.
Finally, a portable heater can become handy in so many occasions and this one is one of your best options out there. Also, it has a 1 year warranty and, as I say, warranty is always a good thing.
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