Eccotemp Tankless Water Heaters Review
The matter with tankless water heaters is their high price. But in any case, they are an inevitable obligation. We can lie to ourselves and pretend that tank heaters are perfect, but the true is that they leave much to be desired, and tankless models are here to fill those gaps.
Let me start with a brief explanation: even though tankless heaters are quite more costly in the purchasing process, they end up saving your money with their long-term consumption efficiency. Floods in you house due to a tank leakage are over.
Let’s be clear, standard, burdensome tank heaters are extinct, or should be. This is the deal: You won’t worry again about tank leaks, but also will regain the money you spent on buying it in the long term. This is incontrovertible, tankless devices use resources more effectively. An electric model, for instance, can make you save up to 100 bucks a year on your utility bills.
That is just a hint of the numerous benefits that a tankless heater has to offer. Anyway, as it is with any appliance, the performance relies mainly on the brand you decide to go for. For this reason, we’re checking a classic brand in the water heater market, in order to make you know beforehand what you are going to get.
We cannot dive into the brand’s catalog without knowing anything about the brand itself. Eccotemp was established by Mike Elrod in 2004. Today, the headquarters are situated in South Carolina, out of Summerville. Differently from many other companies, Eccotemp wants to teach the customers and explain them about the meaning of a responsible consumption and environmental-friendly appliances. Of course, Eccotemp appliances meet those standards. The brand is known as a pioneer and designer of some of the first small tankless water heaters.
Nowadays, Eccotemp heaters are some of the most sough-after models worldwide. They are determined to provide quality and try as hard as possible to maintain their appliances up to date with a steady market research and development.
Eccotemp 45H Review
We will start this review with the Eccotemp 45H, an outdoor model that comes in two versions, natural gas-powered (Eccotemp 45H-NG) and propane-powered (Eccotemp 45H-LP). You can consider buying both, so that you won’t need to argue with your eco-friendly partner.
The key aspect of most heating devices is how fast they do their job and that is exactly the star feature on this model due to its 6,8Gal of water delivery per minute that can for sure meet the needs of a whole house with two baths. The hotter you set your water, the weaker the water flow (GPM) will be. For instance, if you set the temp at 45°, you will get a water flow of up to 6,8 gallons per minute. Rise the temp to 75° and the max you will get will be 2,6 gallons per minute. That’s to say, it’s quite a powerful heater.
To say more, it may happen that outdoor heaters freeze and if your house is located in a cold zone you might be very worried about this, but things are different with the Eccotemp 45H. This model is fitted with an inbuilt anti-freezing system that has the only job to prevent the unit from freezing. Here is an extra tip: if you are planning to install the unit outdoors, make sure that it isn’t exposed to wind, since it can be more destructive than low temperatures.
Eccotemp FVI-12 Review
The second Eccotemp water heater we have the pleasure to review is the Eccotemp FVI-12. To be honest, I don’t know what FVI means, but if it intrigues you, you can just search online. This model as well has two variations which are natural gas-powered (Eccotemp FVI-12-NG) and propane-powered (Eccotemp FVI-12-LP), which is a positive feature for picky users.
To be honest, this model is not the most powerful. With a water flow of about 3,6 GPM at more or less 35°, this device can supply a small-sized house with one bath, but nothing larger than that. That’s to say that this heater is a good choice for a family of two or thee members. The price is quite affordable, so we shouldn’t complain that much.
Safety feature: a strong ventilation system is included in this model, so if you hear a racket when you turn off the faucet, don’t fear, it is just the ventilation system of the heater doing its job. Additionally, the brand provides a 2-year warranty on the product, which is not bad at all.
Eccotemp L10 Review
Another example of Eccotemp tankless models: the exclusive Eccotemp L10, a portable device whose power source is liquid propane. Maybe you are not very acquainted with the concept of a portable water heater but believe me when I tell you that you will appreciate this machine when summer’s over (campsites, poolside showers, summer cottage, etc.) I think you know what I mean.
This on-the-spot heater is as potent as its size allows it to be. The Eccotemp L10 is compact and lightweight and delivers a water flow of about 2,6 GPM at about 100°, which is more than enough for you unless you’re wanting to cook yourself, in which case you need something stronger.
It has quite advanced and handy features such as an automatic shutdown timer that starts to run after twenty minutes and resets when water stops and then runs again. This safety feature, along with many others make this friendly device a good option for travelers and unsteady people.
Eccotemp 45HI Review
Number four: the Eccotemp 45HI which is a great heater with two versions to choose from: natural gas-powered (Eccotemp 45HI-NG) and propane-powered (Eccotemp 45HI-LP). All along, this product is covered by a 5-year warranty on pieces and a 10-year warranty on the heat exchanger. This is not a minor detail; this talks about the trust the brand has in this model.
Great performance. This device delivers a water flow of about 6,8 GPM at a temperature of 35°, 4,5 gallons per minute at 45° and 2,6 gallons at 70°, which is a high temp. Therefore, this model fits perfectly the needs of a house with two or three baths, without mentioning the other hot water faucets throughout the house.
In terms of safety, you already know, it must be kept under cover and protected from weathering. Even though it includes an inbuilt anti-freezing system, it is better to protect your heater since this artifact is very likely to provide 20 years of lifespan.
Eccotemp L5 Review
Finally, we introduce to you the second amazing portable water heater called Eccotemp L5. We cannot say much more than we already discussed about portable devices, but use your imagination. You can put it in your handbag and take it with you wherever you go and just take it out and have a shower.
The difference with the previous portable model Eccotemp L10 is that the L5 is a bit less powerful and will perform better in warmer areas, so you shouldn’t expect too much from this one. But that’s the kind of weather portable heaters are actually made for, and this should do for those environments. The average flow of the L5 is 1,4 GPM which is not despicable for its size (not bigger than your computer). It needs 20-80 PSI to run properly and feeds on liquid propane.
A portable heater may come in handy in different circumstances, and this model here is quite a good choice. It has a 1-year warranty, which is not much, but is better than nothing and quite good for such a little appliance.
Eccotemp L7 Portable Water Heater
Why should you buy a portable tankless water heater? For convenience, practicality, and a reliable supply of hot water. If you are seeking a water heater for your poolside or campsite, you might consider this heater as one of your best choices. Having a maximum input capacity of 41,000 BTU, it will provide a steady temperature. It runs on liquid propane and a 2D cell battery for the ignition of the burner.
It has a control to modulate the temperature in a range that starts from 50° and reaches the 125° F. The burner itself warms up the water (1,6 gallons per minute) at a rate of 35°F. The main advantage of the L7 over its competitors is its compatibility with almost any modified water system. You can also purchase an upgraded temp sensor separately, which allows you to increase the heat of your water to 160°F.
Eccotemp L7 Portable Tankless Water Heater
- Gallons per minute: 1.6
- Temperature range goes from 50°F to 125°F
- Runs on propane
- Battery-powered burner ignition, so you don’t need to plug in it
- Lightweight and small design
- Comes with CSA modulator
- BTU input: 41,000
- Comes with showerhead and hose
- Easy setup
To sum it up, the Eccotemp L7 is an ultimate portable heater and comes with a lot of handy features. This product will make the difference in your campsite or RV, so keep it in your fav list till you decide to buy it.
The EL22i is the next level of the phenomenally well-received EL22 Eccotemp Indoor water heater.
Though it may look the same as the former model at first sight, with its sleek black finish and conveniently clear temperature display, it has plenty of innovative handy features that take this little gem one step beyond.
First, this device works fully automatically.
That’s to say, it modulates the temperature by itself accordingly with the natural temperature of the water. This is heating efficiency as its best.
In addition, it delivers a water flow of about 6,8 gallons per minute (GPM) and has an average BTU of 140,000 an hour, which is great for moderate sized houses with one or two baths.
The compact and elegant design is light-years away from the ancient models that looked like an abomination.
It also has a dark tempered glass that looks lovely with a digital panel that makes it very easy to control. It is no ugly little monster that you have to hide behind a curtain.
This heater complies with CSA standards and includes an anti-freezing system whose only job is to prevent remaining water from freezing in case of sub-zero temperatures.
The Eccotemp EL22i can run on either natural gas or liquid propane and features an adaptable dual system. If you have little children swarming around, put the child lock on. This function locks the digital control panel.
Anyway, you must purchase a 4-inch vent separately for the power circuit.
- Small appliance for indoor installation
- Good-looking design with dark tempered glass casing
- Digital control panel and temperature display
- Water flow of 6,8 gallons per minute
- 140,000 BTU an hour
- Inbuilt anti-freezing system
- Can run on both natural gas and propane
- Child lock function
- Fully automatic temperature setting
- 5-year warranty on all parts and 10-year warranty on the heat exchanger
- Need to buy a 4-inch vent separately