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Tankless Water Heaters FAQ

Instant & endless hot water – is it really for you? We answer your top questions about tankless water heaters.
By Kurt Anderson
Published: April 1, 2012
Q:  What is a tankless water heater?

Q:  I’ve heard that tankless water heaters can save you a lot of money. Is this true?

Q:  So why would I buy a tankless water heater for my cabin?

Q:  What if I need hot water for only one location in my cabin, like my kitchen sink?

Q:  What kind of fuels can I use to run my tankless water heater? 

Q:  I looked at tankless water heaters at my local hardware store, and there was a big difference in prices between models and manufacturers. Why?

Q:  So how do I know how big of a unit I need for my cabin?

Q:  All right, I did the bucket test, and on a busy day at the cabin, I might need 10 gallons per minute (gpm) of hot water. I like my showers at a steamy 120 degrees. How do I determine the second factor, the incoming water temp?

Q:  Okay, I’m going to bite the bullet and go tankless. Can I install this myself?

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