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I am thinking about purchasing an electric tankless water

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I am thinking about purchasing an electric tankless water heater to replace my old tank water heater (American Water Heater E62-50H-045DV - owner's manual says 240 VAC 60Hz single phase 30 amp power supply). The tankless model I'm looking at says it requires "(3) 40 DP breakers required. 112A draw. Required wire: 3 sets 8 AWG. " I'm no electrician, but I am a mathematician, and that (3) 40 DP breakers part sounds like a whole lot more than the 2 15's I see in my breaker box designated for my water heater. Would this take a whole rewiring effort to install, is it possible there are more breakers available to my home than are currently being used? If so, how might I determine if we have what we need?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Rico Soma replied 3 months ago.

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Yes, this unit will need significant rewiring and may be more than your electrical service can handle. That means a new larger service/breaker panel. Probably not worth the expense if that's the case. You could easily be looking at upwards of $3k for wiring if you need a new panel. Unless you currently have a 200 amp service with not much household load it's doubtful your service could handle the additional load this heater would create.

Expert:  Rico Soma replied 3 months ago.

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