Is it worth it to pay for a Phoenix water heater or buy a condensing tankless water heater?

Question

Is it worth it to pay for a Phoenix water heater or buy a condensing tankless water heater?

Asked by Yesim Erke-Magent

We are considering getting a new water heater. In my internet research, I came across Phoenix water heaters and it seems like they are quite efficient. However, I have been told they are very expensive (cannot figure out how much they are, though). Thus, is it worth it to spend money on this or get a condensing tankless unit? I am all for tankless ones but it seems like there aren't too many plumbers doing this job in Allentown. Then, there is the option of getting solar thermal, but I think their prices really should come down before people can afford them.

Answer this question

Answers

Harris Woodward's picture

If you continue to have difficulty finding a green plumbing pro that can install a tankless unit, or a reasonable price for the Phoenix heater, reconsider the solar thermal option.

In addition to a full 30% federal tax credit on labor and materials (with no max), Pennsylvania offers incentives as well.

The DSIRE website has more info on PA's state incentiveshere.

For more information:

Read Paul Rosen's Q&A "Can you tell me how well solar hot-water heaters work?"

Also, read Cameron Habel's Q&A "I've heard solar water heaters are expensive and easily damaged by winter freezes. Is this true?"