Ecosmart Tankless Water Heater
Our next review choice is the ECO 27 which is a high-end member of the Ecosmart’s tankless water heater product range.
The electric water heaters are usually considered to be a second choice, a B-plan in case gas is not available in the location. As a general rule we can establish that gas powered water heaters are capable producing higher BTU values which in the real world translate to the simple fact of heating the water faster, being able to produce higher GPM (gallons per minute) hot water flow.
Being an electric water heater, the ECO 27 is positioned towards higher demands, such as arise in the northern hemisphere in countries as Canada or northern USA. Being able heating water with input temperatures as low as 37 F and still delivering 3 GPM of hot water flow the same time. This throughput is only enough for a two bathroom house if certain compromises are made in showering habits or buy changing the faucets and shower heads to a low-flow ones.
When used in a more temperate climate, where the input water temperature is higher this tankless water heater is able to power even a bigger jacuzzi. The 27KW powered ECO 27 is scratching the limits of what an electric water heater is able to deliver. Having 240 Volts, 27KW powered appliance in the house also poses a great demand on the electricity circuit, make sure the wiring and the infrastructure is good enough to handle such a load.
On the other hand having an electric water heater has some upsides as well. This way compensating for the lower heating output electricity delivers compared against the gas fueled water heating options. The installation costs are lot lower because there is no need to provide a vent which is essential for the safe operation of the gas water heaters. Fitting a proper venting in is a one time investment it is still a considerable sum of money and usually involves cutting through the walls or the roof.
Not having to install a vent for it, electrical water heaters can be installed with some decent DIY skills. Definitely an easier job than installing gas water heaters.
Ecosmart seems to have faith in the Eco 27 electric tankless water heater because offers it with a lifetime warranty. This water heater is not a too complicated mechanism so they are expected to last and service for an extended period of time without any defects. Are equipped with a self modulating flow sensor technology which is designed to modify the amount of the electricity used by the water heater on-the-fly to provide the most energy efficient water heating and energy costs every time the faucet is turned.
Also this product is certified by the CSA and UL listed.
When using the Ecosmart Eco27 tankless water heater one can notice a phenomenon affecting the water temperature. After turning the faucet, very hot water is delivered instantly which then gets cooler for a few seconds before turning back to the initial hot again, and staying there until the water is shut. Not a deal breaker but a noticeable quirk. Generally every consumer we heard from who bought the Ecosmart ECO 27 is satisfied with this electric tankless water heater, we definitely recommend using it in case for some reason it is impossible to get a gas powered water heater installed in your location otherwise better go with a gas fueled one like the Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters or some of the Rheem Tankless Water Heaters.