The short answer is yes, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort into completely changing your homes gas and water line. While it is possible to install a tankless water heater it is not recommended, installing a tankless water heater is difficult and potentially dangerous. A typical tankless heater requires more gas than a standard residential water heater tank as well as new gas and water lines. Please follow all plumbing and electrical codes when sourcing and installing parts for your new water heater. Local codes can vary.
Do You Need A Permit to Install A Tankless Water Heater?
Yes, changing a water heater requires a permit, no matter the type. Generally only requiring a visit to a local building department to obtain. In the case of tankless water heaters you may need additional electrical and plumbing permits. This is because most homes aren’t equipped to handle the high-powered gas capacity a tankless heater requires; because tankless heaters directly heat a home’s water pipe instead of a holding tank.
When determining the right tankless water heater for you, look for a model that meets your needs and a vent that is compatible for that model. Oftentimes you may need to remove or add in a structure to property fit a tankless water heater in your home. Now that you have purchased a tankless water heater these are the next steps you should consider before installing it yourself.
We recommend consulting an expert to install your tankless water heater. In the event there is a water or a gas leak please shut off both lines; we strongly advise you to contact a licensed professional to make sure they can safely install a tankless heater for you. Dealers can provide installations at discounted rates and you may even be able to snag a lower rate by calling a professional plumber or electrician.