​Buyer's Guide for Tankless Water Heaters

by Eccotemp Canada

Are you in the process of remodeling, building a new home, or simply updating your water heating system? We’ll help you determine which tankless water heater you can get your hands on in Canada and which best meets your needs of being an on-demand water heater.

What are Tankless Water Heaters?

Compared to traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters don’t have a water tank (as the name suggests!) and only heat water when needed. How do they work? When you turn on a hot water tap, water at room temperature goes through the heating unit - where a high-intensity gas or electrical element heat it. The water heater shuts off once the hot water tap is turned off. Do you know those water coolers that provide hot water in an instant? Think of the same process applied to a tankless water heater!

From an energy efficiency perspective, heating water on demand beats heating water all day, which happens with a traditional water heater. That’s why it’s beneficial to consider a tankless water heater that produces hot water on demand when it comes to price.

Advantages of Having a Tankless Water Heater

Given the cold Canadian winters, having a tankless water heater is a much more heating efficiency choice - particularly the natural gas-fueled models or the liquid propane tankless water heater models.

Before we dive into which tankless water heaters to consider, here are some of the advantages of running one:

  1. With a tankless water heater, you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water.
  2. Your heating costs go down with an on-demand tankless water heater since you’re just paying for the heated water you use.
  3. With some gas-fueled tankless water heaters, an intermittent ignition device (IID) comes with it - versus an always-on pilot light. This means it’s not using any natural gas when the heater is not turned on.
  4. Tankless water heaters typically last much longer than traditional water heaters.
  5. Most importantly, tankless water heaters drastically cut utility bills, so more money is in your pocket.

Which Tankless Water Heater to Purchase

Eccotemp’s newest high performing, budget friendly range of tankless water heaters–the Builder Series –is our top choice.

A. Builder Series 6.0 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater

This tankless water heater is available in Liquid Propane or Natural Gas and rated at 145,000 BTU and can produce unlimited hot water for 2-3 applications simultaneously. Eccotemp’s advanced 0.53 GPM low-flow ignition technology allows users to enjoy endless hot water without experiencing cold spots.

We recommend the 6 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater for standard to smaller-size single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and cabins, as well as smaller commercial applications and home builders. The Builder Series indoor models are CSA certified for installation in Canada.For information on the Builder Series 6.0 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater, check out this product page.

B. Builder Series 6.5 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater

This tankless water heater also come in Liquid Propane or Natural Gas and rated at 170,000 BTU and can produce unlimited hot water for 3-4 applications simultaneously. Eccotemp’s advanced 0.66 GPM low flow ignition technology allows users to enjoy endless hot water without experiencing cold spots.

We recommend the 6.5 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater for large, medium, and small size single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and cabins, as well as smaller commercial applications and home builders. With our upgraded product control board performance and an all-new gas modulating valve, consumers can experience best-in-class temperature performance that is budget-friendly. For information on the Builder Series 6.5 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater, check out this product page.

C. Builder Series 7.0 GPM Outdoor Tankless Water Heater

The Eccotemp 7.0 GPM Outdoor Tankless Water Heater is the largest capacity model in the Builder Series. Available in both Liquid propane and Natural Gas. ETL approved and rated at an impressive 7 GPM with a temperature rise of 45 degrees. This tankless water heater is rated at 180,000 BTU and can produce unlimited hot water for 4-5 applications simultaneously. Eccotemp’s advanced 0.79 GPM low-flow ignition technology allows users to enjoy endless hot water without experiencing cold spots.

We recommend the 7.0 GPM Outdoor Tankless Water Heater for large, medium, and small-size single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and cabins, as well as smaller commercial applications and home builders. For information on the Builder Series 7.0 GPM Outdoor Tankless Water Heater, check out this product page.

The model you select depends on your budget and the energy source you need for your tankless water heater, whether it’s natural gas or liquid propane.