Noritz Tankless Gas Water Heater does not provide hot water when electricity is out.

Noritz Tankless Gas Water Heater does not provide hot water when electricity is out.

by Laurie
(Truckee)

Noritz model N 0842MC

We are hearing a variety of remedies to our problem. We do not know which makes sense and which options are possible now that the heater is already installed. The electricity was out for a few hours...this will happen occasionally throughout the winter. We found out by trying to take a shower, that we cannot get hot water from a gas tankless water heater when there is no electricity.

Recommendations we have received are:
-a generator to provide back up power,
-a powerful generator to provide power for the water heater and the rest of the house,
-a battery back up just for the tankless water heater.

Our dilemma:
-can we install a battery backup? how is it done? how long does the battery last? where do we get the right battery back up?
-what kind of a generator is needed, just to run the tankless waer heater when the power is out?
-if we get a generator with BIG power, we know it can be expensive.

We look forward to your comments.LB

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