How to Install Gas Water Heaters
Need to wash up? Do it in the man cave. Clean dishes? Scrub them in the man cave. Shower before the wife comes home? Clean yourself up in the man cave! Gas water heaters are the perfect way to add a finishing touch on your man cave.
What Are Gas Water Heaters?
Tankless gas water heaters are the newest way to heat water for baths, showers, sinks, and dishwashers with ease. These lightweight, compact, and often portable gas water heaters never run out of hot water. Rather than store hot water in a tank, like traditional gas water heaters, tankless gas water heaters heat water on demand. Ground water is heated instantaneously as it flows through the gas water heater unit.
There are two types of tankless gas water heaters:
And two subtypes of gas water heaters:
Gas Water Heaters and Insulation Blankets
Do you need an insulation blanket? The purpose of these devices is to reduce standby heat loss. Obviously, since you have no storage tank you therefore have no need for an insulation blanket. They aren't necessary for tankless gas water heaters so don't waste your money.
Plus, installing an insulation blanket "just in case" is not a good idea. Many gas water heater manufacturer's warranties do not cover any damage caused by use or attachment of these energy saving devices. You'd be risking a big monetary loss for no reason - forget about them.
Where to Install Gas Water Heaters
Tankless gas water heaters should always be installed with caution and respect. The device may look innocent and friendly, but it is still a serious hazard if not properly installed. A gas water heater can be installed in a wide variety of man caves, such as garages, converted garden sheds, basements, mobile homes, and trailers. Just about any man cave location can benefit from a tankless gas water heater so let's go over some tips for selecting the perfect location for yours:
Most importantly, let's go over where not to install a gas fired water heater:
Installing Portable Gas Water Heaters
Before beginning any DIY project, please ensure that you are experienced in home renovation. If not, contact a local certified technician to ensure safe installation.
Installing Permanent Gas Water Heaters
Safely Setting Water Temperature
Setting your tankless gas water heater's temperature for energy conservation is one thing, but setting it for safety is an entirely different factor. You should never set your gas water heater above 125° F. Anything higher can and will cause severe burns, not just on you, but on any unsuspecting children or elderly persons who accidentally wander into your sacred space.
If you don't believe it and think the hotter the better, think again by reviewing this chart.
As you can see, it's better to set your water temperature at a little below 120°F just to be the safe side. Most gas water heaters will have an integrated digital thermostat for accurate, easy temperature setting. Manufacturer's settings should be pre-programmed for between 100° F to 120° F, but higher temperature can be achieved for the stubborn man-caver through a dip switch adjustment.
Many tankless gas water heaters are even remote controlled for added convenience. Even so, it is always a good idea to do a manual check first. Either grab a thermometer and test the temperature of flowing water or place your hand near the fall to feel for heat.
Well, that's just about everything there is. With your new gas water heater installed, your cold cave transforms into a fully inhabitable sanctuary. You will no longer have to worry about cooking, cleaning, and sanitary needs in your man cave. Realize your full potential. Live life freely. Enjoy a hot shower!
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