In case you are looking for an energy efficient tankless water heater one of the top listed models you must look into is EcoSmart ECO 27. Let’s break it down and see what all the fuss is about!
Energy Savings & Performance
EcoSmart claims that ECO 27 is a 99.8% energy efficient product that can save you up to 50% on your water heating costs. The question that immediately comes to mind is “HOW”. Well, EcoSmart ECO 27 has a patented self-modulating technology. This technology works by regulating precisely how much energy is needed to heat the exact amount of water needed. In other words, ECO 27 adjusts its power usage and pressure settings to keep a consistent water output.
By means of a digital display, ECO 27 allows you to set your temperature in increments of 1 degree, anywhere from 80°F to 140°F. Moreover, it has a temperature limiter that can be used to limit the temperature of the water output to 1050 F. This feature is very handy in case there are children in the house because when you activate the limiter water will never be heated to higher degrees than that.
EcoSmart ECO 27 can handle to heat up to 6 gallons of water per minute but, this rate drops depending on the incoming water temperature. However, this product has been configured for colder climates where the incoming water temperature can reach as low as 370 F. It is capable of heating more or less 3 gallons of water per minute at this temperature. This means that in milder temperatures ECO 27 can accommodate the hot water needs of larger houses but it is most suitable for families of 5 living in 2 bathroom houses. Ecosmart has a reference chart that lists inlet water temperatures in different regions of the US and the amount of hot water you can expect in each region. We recommend that you check for your own region before making a purchase.
Design & Installation
EcoSmart ECO 27 is a very compact model with dimensions of 18 x 17 x 3.75 inches and a weight of 13.75 pounds. Therefore, it needs very little space for installation. Also, since it can be mounted on a wall, it does not take up any floor space at all! It is quite simple to install ECO 27 but it requires a minimum of 200 amp total service with three 40 DP breakers to provide protection for 240 volts. So, it might be a good idea to check your electrical panels before making a purchase because you might end up having to change them.
Also, once it has been installed, ECO 27’s maintenance is quite easy involving only a screwdriver. Thus, most probably you will not need to hire professionals for its maintenance but will be able to do it by yourself. Apart from all these, EcoSmart ECO 27 also has a modern design that looks pleasing to the eyes.
One of the most attractive features of EcoSmart ECO 27 is its lifetime warranty. However, there are some limitations to be aware of. First of all, this lifetime warranty covers only the parts, not the labor. Secondly, the unit needs to be installed by qualified individuals for its warranty to be effective. Therefore, you may need to save some budget for a licensed plumber and an electrician to be on the safe side. Plus, you need to fill in the water heater warranty registeration form and post it within 30 days of purchase.
- 99% energy efficiency and up to 50% cost savings by means of its patented self-modulating technology.
- A digital display that provides you with a temperature control in 1-degree increments.
- Can run two showers at once.
- Fit for colder climates, down to 370
- Compact, wall mounted and modern design that saves you a lot of space.
- Easy maintenance.
- Lifetime warranty.
- Heating performance is reduced in colder climates, thus decreasing the number of fixtures that can be used simultaneously.
- Requires a minimum of 200-amp total service with three 40 DP breakers to provide protection for 240 volts. You may need to change your electric panels if they do not meet these requirements.
- Lifetime warranty does not cover labor and it may not be honored unless the unit has been installed by licensed professionals.
EcoSmart ECO 27 Review Wrap Up
EcoSmart ECO 27 is ideal for families with up to 5 members living in a two-bathroom house. It is a very energy efficient and user-friendly product with its self- modulating technology and precise digital display. Also, its lifetime warranty makes ECO 27’s quality trustworthy. Just remember to check if your electrical system meets the installation requirements and make sure that the product is installed according to the guide provided by the manufacturer. With EcoSmart ECO 27 you will not ever have to worry about competing with family members to be the first to take a shower!