Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra

Review of Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra, Tankless Water

Even if we like having all sorts of hi-tech gadgets around the house to live a better life, we still fulfill the bare necessities. From running water to hot water and heat in the cold months, no sophisticated gadget will make us feel good when we had a cold shower.

The traditional water heating systems still own their place, but more and more people are switching to tankless water heaters. Keep reading to find out the benefits of tankless water heater systems.

Are tankless water heaters a good idea?

The best part about tankless water heaters is that they only give hot water on demand, which means that they only use fuel when heating. Less fuel also means a lower electricity bill, which is always good news.

Tankless water systems don’t collect water, which is a unique aspect from many points of view. First of all, the system doesn’t use fuel for maintaining the water hot throughout the use. Second of all, water doesn’t get to stay in the water heater and cannot destroy it anymore. Magnesium and calcium cannot damage the system since water only runs through the system. This feature alone is essential for the durability of the tankless water heaters, which take the use for a long time. Keep in mind that you may still need to use a water softener for improving the performance of the system, but the maintenance is far less concerning. By the way, most tankless water heaters only request flushing once a year.

No tank also means no worries about the place to store the water heater. It’s common for tankless water heaters to take even a 1/3 of the space of a traditional water heater with a tank. Compact, and small, a tankless water heater is always going to be easier to fit in a home. Let’s not forget about the under-the-sink or single-point of use models that go straight to the water pipe.

The prices may throw off some customers (with gas models being pricier than the electric units nine times out of ten). However,  the tankless water heaters will always mean fewer costs for energy, which is excellent in the long run, when you come to think of it!

What’s the most crucial aspect of Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra?

Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra is part of the broad capacity category of tankless water heaters, but the size isn’t the only good thing about it. 

The unit is made by the Germany manufacturer Stiebel Eltron, impressing with its performance and design. Should your household would be significant and had high water demands, Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra seems like a reliable option anytime.

Do the technical specs explain the overall value?

Measuring only 4.6×16.6×14.5 in and weighing a bit over 20 pounds (22.9), the unit is quite a power horse, despite its size. You’re not going to stress about where to install it thanks to the small size and compact body.

There’s much attention to the build, with the unit presenting coated steel encasing. Should you ever about the durability, keep in mind that the copper sheathed heating element is built in a copper cylinder.

Unlike the gas models, the electric tankless water heaters don’t require venting. Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra doesn’t make an exception, and you don’t need venting. You don’t need to worry about having to mount it outdoors, either.

We also need to highlight of the unit, with the three heating modules sustaining its power. The digital display and dial selector make the usage straightforward, as well.

Adjusting the water output temperature according to your needs shouldn’t be a big problem. Besides, the Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra can also memorize the previous settings, which can only count as a good thing.

Operating the unit is rather easy, with the thermostatic temperature control designed especially for incoming cold water. You may pair the water heater with a solar heating system, or you can pre-heat it around 131F. The temperature for the water may range from 86 to 140F degrees.

Thanks to the modulating technology, Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra can provide constant temperature throughout the use. The heating elements come in stages, which provide good heating power from the minimum to the maximum setting.

When it comes to GPM, the unit presents a water flow ranging from 0.77 to 4GPM, which is surprising considering its size.

Installing the unit isn’t as complicated as one may think. Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra comes with an instruction manual that is easy to comprehend and follow for an easier install. Be aware of using 240V for the unit and of hardwiring it for safety reasons. Therefore, you should get professionals for the installation.

Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra runs almost flawlessly and lowers energy consumption by up to 20% when compared to traditional alternatives. The on-demand heating process is dependable, and the unit is close to achieving 100% energy efficiency.

You’re going to appreciate the customer service since you may get in touch with different departments directly. Email, fax, and phone are common ways to contact them.

As for the warranty, the unit comes with two of them at the same time. One of the guarantees is the anti-leak warranty for the water elements (it’s for seven years), and the other one is for the electric parts and the heating element. The latter is for 3years.

What counts for us as pros?

It’s not easy to stick to a simple list of pros, but we did our best. Summing it all up, here’s what we like the most about the unit:

  • It’s a reliable and robust unit
  • It’s excellent for a large household or high water demand applications
  • It’s very well made and durable
  • It’s easy to operate
  • It provides constant temperature
  • It’s highly energy efficient
  • It’s compact, small and lightweight
  • It runs quietly

Are the downsides major?

We don’t see the downsides are deal breakers, but it’s better that you give them a look for completing the picture of the water heater.

Here’s what we like less about Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra:

  • It needs a 3X60 breaker, which is a lot of panel space.
  • You get maximum flow output when using the water heater in warm areas
  • It’s not cheap

What’s our final take?

Despite the minor issues, Stiebel Eltron 36 Plus Tempra is always a better option than a traditional water heating system with a tank, especially if you live in a warm region. Strong enough to sustain a large household, yet small enough to allow secure mount, the unit is money well spent on any given day.

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