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″!
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.
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.
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.
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Text and photos by Deni Mosser