When looking into purchasing an on demand water heater, expect the water heater prices to be much higher. On demand water heaters have many more controls and a much more complicated manifold than a traditional water heater. On top of the higher water heater prices, expect to pay more for the installation, also. These heaters usually require a wall mount of some sort and a separate vent, usually no smaller than six inches. These take more time to install, and if you’re not doing the installation yourself, more money for labor.
Now that I’ve got all of the bad news out of the way, you’re probably sitting there wondering, “Well, why in the world would I want to pay higher water heater prices and a higher labor bill?” Well, here’s why: Although you will pay much more for the initial set up of the unit, time will turn the tide in the opposite direction. You will have a much lower operation cost since the unit only heats water when needed and does not store it in a tank. This alone over time will pay for the higher water heater prices that you’ve had to deal with. Also, many states now offer tax incentives that can be a rather large chunk of change for these energy efficient water heaters. These incentives very from state to state, so you’ll need to check to see if any are offered for you.
Now that you know the basic pros and cons of an on demand heater, there are a few brands that will have the most reasonable water heater prices and are made of a very high quality. Don’t, and I stress, don’t just jump into purchasing a water heater that is sold at a store such as Menard’s or Lowe’s and is on sale or that they are pushing you to buy. While the water heater prices might be tempting, there are many brands out there that are made with basically tin metal and will end up costing you more for repair than you would spend on a decent heater.
Aquastar makes an excellent on demand water heater, and they always have reasonable water heater prices. They’ve been around for quite some time, and they are made of a high quality copper: Much better than the cheap galvanized manifolds some brands use. I personally have put in about ten of these heaters, and I even have one in my shop. I’ve had no problems with it for the ten years it’s been installed, and the money I’ve saved in operating costs have far out-weighed the higher water heater prices I’ve paid in the past.
Takagi also makes an excellent water heater. Their water heater prices will cost you a bit more money, but let me tell you, these are cream of the crop heaters that have an awesome warranty and will last you years and years to come.
I highly recommend any of the above heaters and hope that the higher water heater prices will not scare you away. Just think of the overall costs. You won’t regret purchasing one of these high tech heaters.