Having a tankless water heater installed is so exciting! You probably can't wait to finally have an endless supply of hot water, right at the tap. It does not typically take plumbers that long to install a tankless water heater. You can expect the job to be done within a day, and often a lot less. Before your scheduled installation date arrives, however, there is a decision you need to make. Where will you have the tankless water heater installed? Here are some key things to consider as you make this choice.

Which Taps Do You Use Most?

Assuming you're having one tankless hot water heater installed for your entire home, you want to locate that heater closer to the taps you use hot water at most often — if possible. If you use your shower most often, as many people do, locating the water heater underneath your bathroom makes sense. If you have multiple showers, try to determine which one you use more often. Water does cool off a bit as it travels through the pipes, so locating the water heater near your most-used taps ensures the water is its hottest at those taps.

How Much Plumbing Will the Plumber Have to Run? 

It's often easiest to locate the tankless water heater in an area where there are already plentiful pipes. This way, your plumber won't have to install a bunch of new piping to connect the water heater. Look around your basement at the pipe layout. Make a short list of areas where the pipes are conveniently near a post or wall where the water heater could be mounted. Then, weigh the pros and cons of each of these locations based on the other factors mentioned in this article.

How Accessible Will the Tankless Water Heater Be?

Tankless water heaters do not need much maintenance or service, but on the off chance something does go wrong with this appliance, you want to be able to access it. So, make sure the place where it is installed is easy for you to access. You don't want the water heater hidden away in a corner that you have to squeeze past lots of shelving to access, for instance.

If you still can't come up with the perfect spot to install your tankless water heater, don't hesitate to ask your plumber for recommendations. They can tell you what has worked for previous clients.

Speak to a plumber to learn more about tankless water heater installation.