Pro Tips for Easy Installation of Your Portable Tankless Water Heater

Pro Tips for Easy Installation of Your Portable Tankless Water Heater

Embracing the convenience of a portable tankless water heaters is a game-changer, whether you're enjoying hot showers under the stars while camping or in need of an easy backyard setup at home. Ensuring your portable tankless water heater works flawlessly and lasts for years is straightforward — just follow these pro tips for an easy and detailed installation.

Pro Tip #1: Ensure Adequate Water Pressure

When installing your portable tankless water heater, it's essential to consider your water source and how to maintain adequate water pressure. For pressurized water sources, such as a backyard or campground spigot, your heater is designed to work seamlessly, providing consistent hot water flow. On the other hand, if you're using off-grid water sources like a barrel or drawing directly from a stream, achieving the right water pressure can be challenging. In these scenarios, our EccoFlo 12V Pump and Strainer are indispensable. This pump effortlessly connects with any Eccotemp portable tankless water heaters like the Eccotemp L5 & L10 Portable Tankless Water Heaters. They work together to boost water pressure to the optimal level, ensuring your portable tankless water heater functions efficiently, even in the most remote locations.

Pro Tip #2: Confirm Propane Levels and Check for Gas Leaks

It’s crucial to ensure your propane tank is adequately filled for a consistent supply of hot water. Before setting up your portable tankless water heater, check the propane tank level to avoid any interruptions during use. A simple way to gauge this is by weighing the tank or using a tank level indicator. Equally important is checking for gas leaks, which is a vital safety step. After connecting the propane tank, apply a soapy water solution along the gas line and tank connection points. Watch for any bubbles forming, which indicate a leak. If you spot any, immediately turn off the gas supply and tighten the connections before rechecking. Regular maintenance and safety checks like these not only ensure a smooth operation but also prioritize your safety.

Pro Tip #3: Secure Connections with Pipe Tape

When installing your tankless water heater, ensuring airtight connections is pivotal for its proper function. Employing pipe tape on all threaded connections significantly contributes to this goal. For your convenience, Eccotemp includes pipe tape with all Portable models. Here's a guide to effectively using pipe tape:

Wrap with Precision: Begin wrapping the tape along the direction of the threads, ensuring a snug and uniform coverage without overlapping. Typically, 3-5 wraps suffice for a secure seal.

Avoid Over-tightening: While securing connections is vital, excessive force can damage threads. The tape should provide a tight seal without the need for over-tightening connections.

Pro Tip #4: Maintenance

Following the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines is crucial for extending the lifespan of your tankless water heater. Ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of your Eccotemp Portable Tankless Water Heater involves regular cleaning and descaling. Incorporating the Eccotemp EZ-Flush System Descaler Kit into your maintenance routine is savvy. Using the descaler kit regularly, at least once a year, helps eliminate mineral deposits that can accumulate over time and compromise efficiency.

Pro Tip #5: Proper Storage

When not in use, store your portable tankless water heater in a plastic storage box. This shields it from dust, debris, and potential damage, ensuring it's ready for action whenever you need it.

Eccotemp's Portable Tankless Water Heaters, designed for temporary outdoor use, require specific care when not in use to maintain their integrity. They should always be disassembled, drained, and stored in a climate-controlled area to prevent damage caused by insects, freezing temperatures, and other environmental damage caused by long term installation.

Follow these easy steps to prepare it for storage:

First, switch off the power button and turn off both the water and gas supply, then disconnect them from the heater. Next, ensure thorough draining by unscrewing the drain valve, a ribbed cylindrical stem located near the water input connection. Remove and clean the screen at the end of the water inlet pipe, and once cleaned, replace it. For storage, place the tankless water heater in a climate-controlled area. Most of our Portable Tankless Water Heaters, along with their accessories, neatly fit into a 17-gallon plastic container.

Check out our comprehensive videos that delve into the correct procedures for storing your portable tankless water heater, such as our Luxé Portables and L5 Portable Water Heaters.


In conclusion, installing your portable tankless water heater doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following these pro tips, you can ensure a hassle-free setup and enjoy the luxury of hot water, wherever you are. Whether it's checking your water source and pressure, ensuring your propane tank is filled and leak-free, or properly maintaining your unit when not in use, these guidelines are designed to make the installation process as straightforward and efficient as possible. Remember, the key to a successful installation lies in the details. With these tips in hand, you're well on your way to maximizing the benefits of your Eccotemp portable tankless water heater, ensuring it provides reliable, hot water on demand for all your outdoor adventures.

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