Electric Water Heaters
Replacing an electric tank water heater with an electric tankless water heater is a relatively simple task by professional standards. It is important for consumers to have an understanding of the installation scope and cost of a tankless water heater prior to purchase. This will also help when choosing the right contractor to price and perform the work.
Residential electrical panels are measured in the amount of Amps they can hold and they vary in size from 100 Amps to 200 Amps. Every electrical appliance and outlet within the residence is wired to the breakers located within the electrical panel. Breakers and wires come in different sizes depending on the size of the electrical appliance they are connected to. To see the amount of Amps that are required on the electrical panel for each Ecosmart model, the breakers and the electrical wire follow this link. Standard electric storage tanks for household use, depending on size, are connected to one 30 to 60 Amp breaker with one set of electrical wire already running from the existing tank to the electrical panel.
In the most common installation the homeowner already has sufficient capacity within the existing electrical panel, the tankless water heater is going in the same location as the existing water heater and it is located within 15 feet of the electrical panel with no obstructions between. In this situation, the homeowner already has room on the electrical panel and does not need an upgrade. The electrician can "fish through" the new wires for the tankless system using the old existing wires. This situation accounts for the majority of all installs. It should take no more than 3-4 hours for installation completion and cost between $400 to $500 for the ECO 8 and ECO 11 and $500 to $600 for the ECO 18 and higher.
If you would like more information or would like assistance in speaking to a potential installer please do not hesitate to contact us at our toll free number 877-474-6473 or by email using this link.