EZTR: Narrowing the Cost Gap with EZTR Between Tank and Tankless Water Heaters
By now, you may know the benefits of tankless over storage tank-type water heaters: Tankless heaters deliver hot water on demand, permanently ending the daily race to beat your family members to the shower. Tankless also saves up to 40 percent on energy costs and eliminates the threat of an old, leaking tank suddenly flooding your basement.
However — until now — you may have been hesitant to make the switch from tank to tankless due to the increased costs involved in purchase and installation. With Noritz’s release of the EZTR40 Residential Condensing Tankless Water Heater, specifically designed to replace 40-gallon tank-type gas water heaters, the reasons not to “go tankless” are beginning to dwindle, especially when it comes to installed cost. Now, making the switch from tank to tankless is fast, simple and more affordable.
EZTR eliminates the need for new plumbing:
Other tankless water heaters locate their hot- and cold-water connections on the bottom of the unit, whereas tank heaters have their connections on the top. This creates extra work when switching from tank to tankless, because the installer has to extend the plumbing to reach the bottom, which requires more time and piping materials. The EZTR conveniently has its water connections on the top, allowing the installer simply to reconnect the old water lines to the new tankless unit without any hassle
EZTR uses the same vent…
The EZTR vents the flue gases created by the combustion process to the outdoors through the same B-Vent as the tank water heater it’s replacing. Using two-inch, flexible polypropylene tubing that comes with the EZTR40, you simply thread it through the existing B-Vent. This innovative capability eliminates the need to install a brand new venting system, cutting installation time and costs.
…And the same gas line:
You don’t have to increase the size of your gas line to accommodate the EZTR tankless water heater, either. In replacing a 40-gallon, tank-type water heater with an EZTR, you can use the same half-inch gas line as before. This cuts labor costs by up to half and eliminates the material costs of installing new, larger-diameter gas piping.
Traditionally, the main drawback of switching from tank to tankless has been the increased installed cost. Now, the EZTR narrows the cost difference by virtually eliminating the extra work and materials needed to make that extremely worthwhile switch. In essence, you can now enjoy all of the benefits of a tankless water heater for a lower up-front cost and, therefore, a faster payback on your investment.