Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is a very well built tankless electric water heater designed for basic point of use applications such as kitchen faucets, emergency eyewash stations or office toilet sinks. What do so many people see in this extremely small and compact electric water heater to prefer it to all the other brands on the market? In our home page and below, we have analyzed all the reasons.
Energy Savings & Performance
Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 has been designed to minimize the amount on your electricity bills. Its working principals rely on technologies that avoid any standby energy losses at all levels.
To start with, Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is equipped with very sophisticated water flow sensors that activate the unit whenever the hot water tap is turned on. The system automatically shuts down when the tap is turned off, which means that the unit works only when there is a hot water demand. So, you will notice a significant cost reduction when compared to the times you used to have a conventional water heater.
In addition to the water flow sensors, the heating elements of Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is controlled by an exclusive scald-guard thermostat responsible for keeping the temperature within safe limits, at all times. Moreover, the unit features a safety high limit with manual reset.
Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 provides you with 0.5 gallons of hot water per minute with the help of a water flow reducer. It produces a low flow of water but saves you a lot of money simultaneously. Plus, you do not have to worry about buying a flow reducer or aerator because they are included in the package. The minimum water flow rate to activate it is 0.32 GPM.
To top it off, Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is hydraulically controlled to make it operate quietly. It is so silent while working that you will forget that it is even there.
Design & Installation
Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is only 4.6 pounds and 18.9 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches. It is so small and compact that you can easily fit it directly under your sink or into a nearby cupboard. This is very advantageous for a tankless water heater because when the unit is close to the appliance it is to be used with, the time you will need to wait for the hot water will be reduced. When the unit is installed in a far corner, it takes time for the heated water to travel through the pipes to its destination but close range ensures instant hot water. In doing so, you also eliminate thermal heat loss associated with long pipe runs and save a lot of money on extra plumbing as well.
One thing about Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is that, in spite of the fact that it is pretty simple to install, you will still need to hire a licensed professional to set it up. If you go on and install it yourself, unfortunately, your warranty will not be effective. So please remember to add this to the cost of the unit.
In order the get the unit installed, make sure that you have all the below specifications ready:
- 120 V of voltage
- 3.0 kW of wattage
- 25A of amperage
- 30A of a circuit breaker (min)
- 10 AWG Copper wire
Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is protected by 3 years of manufacturer’s limited warranty, which is effective only when and if the unit is installed by a licensed professional, as mentioned above. However, its all copper design in addition to copper heating coils ensures a trouble-free performance for long periods. Therefore, we can easily say that it is a reliable product.
- Built up with technology focused on energy saving
- Equipped with a safety high limit
- A flow reducer/aerator is included
- Saves up a lot of space
- The whole copper design makes it rugged and durable
- 3 years of limited warranty
- Cannot be used for whole house applications
- Has to be installed by a licensed professional
Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 Review Wrap up
Stiebel Eltron DHC 3-1 is perfect for point of use applications both in commercial and in residential areas. If your office toilet sink never gets warm enough or you want to take a warm shower in the garden right after you get out of your pool, we highly recommend this product. This little monster is surely well worth your money.