Tankless water heaters

Replacing an old-fashioned water heater  just got easier and cheaper.  Noritz America recently  introduced a new series of affordable,  residential, energy efficient  tankless water heaters (Model NR50)  –  for both outdoor and indoor installations.  With the NR50-OD for outdoors, say  goodbye to expensive 3/4″ gas lines,  and hello  standard 1/2″!

Old tank water heater, leaking and rusty

What is a tankless  water heater?
Traditional storage tank water heaters are always “on”,  and this means heating and reheating the  tank of water even if you aren’t using it.  Tankless types only heat the water when you turn on the  hot water faucet.  The water will heat up to the temperature that is set and remains that temperature until you turn off the faucet.  NR50’s default  is set to 120 degrees.  With tankless, you never run out of hot water.  You get a  continuous supply until you turn off the faucet.

New Noritz NR50-OD tankless water heater

The Noritz NR 50-OD (outdoor) water heater is made in Japan with a durable steel casing  and polyester coating. It has a limited 12- year heat exchanger warranty; a limited 5- year parts warranty,  and a limited 1- year labor warranty. Because it only requires  a 1/2″ gas line,  you don’t need to have your plumber install an expensive 3/4″ gas line to the unit.

These compact heaters (13.8″ wide x 20.5″ high x 6.7″ deep) heat up to 5 gallons per minute and have an electronic ignition (so you need to have an  electrical outlet nearby).  The outdoor model (shown above) doesn’t need venting!

Get money back!
The Noritz NR 50 is eligible for a $150 mfgr. rebate and a federal tax credit of  up to $300 for year 2011.

Noritz NR50-OD

Wendy Waterless, she’s “always hot”

Contact Noritz for rebate information at 866-766-7489.  For a 2011 federal tax credit,  go to ahrinet.org/2011+federal+energy+efficiency+tax+credits

Hire an experienced plumber!
Ray from R&M Plumbing has installed over 20 tankless units (as of the date of this post),  and all but the Noritz NR50 required running 3/4″ gas lines,  and it pushed up the price.  In addition, the base price of the 3/4″ units are more than the  NR50.    Ray was thrilled to install the above tankless heater for a Reynier Village homeowner .   It cut installation time way down,  and he hopes to install many more for Reynier Village, SORO,  and other West L.A homeowners.

Give Ray a call to see if a tankless water heater is right for your home.
R&M Plumbing
Tel. 310-475-5757
Calif.  Contractors License  C36-735022

Tankless vs tank storage ~ which would you rather have?

Text and photos by Deni Mosser

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kate K on July 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    It should save some money, honey! A much smarter way to heat water for use – as needed.


  2. Posted by Erin Sorensen on February 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I just wanted to give a word of warning as we bought a Nortiz last year. Be sure you have adequate water pressure or your showers will turn cold! Be sure to speak with your installer about this issue as we’ve been dealing with really hot then really cold showers all year because we weren’t aware of the need to have pretty powerful water pressure to make this work its best, thanks!


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