Safety Tips for Using a Portable Water Heater

Safety Tips for Using a Portable Water Heater

Portable tankless water heaters powered by liquid propane offer a convenient solution for outdoor activities such as camping, RVing, backyard parties, poolside, pet bathing, and more. However, it's essential to follow proper safety guidelines to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience. In this blog post, we'll cover key safety tips for using a portable tankless water heater at home, in your backyard, and while camping.

Only use portable water heaters outdoors

Liquid propane-powered portable tankless water heaters are designed for temporary outdoor use only. Using them indoors can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can be life-threatening. Never bring a propane tank inside your home. Always set up your water heater in a well-ventilated area away from any enclosed spaces.

Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions

Before using your portable tankless hot water heater, carefully read and follow the manufacturer's instructions in Eccotemp product manuals. Familiarize yourself with its features, proper usage, and any specific safety precautions.

Maintain a safe distance from flammable materials

When setting up your portable tankless water heater, ensure it is at least three to four feet away from flammable materials, such as tents, tarps, or dry vegetation. This precaution helps prevent accidental fires and keeps the surrounding area safe.

Check for leaks before each use

Before connecting your water heater to a propane tank, inspect the hoses, connections, and seals for any signs of damage or wear. Perform a leak test by applying soapy water to the connections and opening the propane tank valve. If you see bubbles forming, this indicates a leak, and you should immediately turn off the gas and replace the damaged parts.

Use the proper fuel source

Always use the appropriate fuel source for your portable water heater. Eccotemp portable models are designed for liquid propane only, so do not attempt to use natural gas or any other type of fuel. Always use a propane tank in good condition with the correct connections.

Monitor children and pets

Keep children and pets away from the portable water heater at all times.Teach children about the dangers of touching or playing with the heater and its components.

Turn off the water heater when not in use

When you're finished using your portable water heater, turn it off and allow it to cool down before handling or storing it. This practice not only conserves fuel but also prevents accidental burns or other injuries.

Store your portable water heater safely

When not in use, store your portable water heater in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or sources of heat. Keep the propane tank disconnected and stored separately in a well-ventilated area.

Regularly inspect and maintain your water heater

Perform regular inspections of your portable tankless water heater for signs of wear or damage. Replace any damaged components and keep your water heater clean and free of debris to ensure optimal performance.

Be prepared for emergencies

In case of an emergency, such as a gas leak or fire, have a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit readily available. Know the location of the nearest emergency phone and how to contact local authorities if necessary.

By following these safety tips, you can enjoy the convenience and comfort of a portable tankless water heater while keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Always prioritize safety when using any outdoor heating equipment, and you'll be able to enjoy countless outdoor adventures with peace of mind.

Find The Right Water Heater

Our agents are here to help find the right water heater for your installation and needs. Tankless water heaters are not a one size fits all!

  • sh22 natural gas tankless water

    Smart Home 6.8 GPM Outdoor Tankless Water Heater, SH22 Series

    "Great value. If you compare the features with any other brands, you will not find another value. I’ve been extremely impressed with this unit."

    - Adam V.
  • 45hi natural gas tankless water

    6.8 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater, 45 Series

    "Saved The Day! We had a very old water heater that was notorious for taking 1 minute to get hot in the shower, the 45HI-NG has the shower hot in 10 seconds! Thank you Eccotemp!"

    - Tyler C.
  • esh-2-5 mini tank water heater

    Smart Home 2.5 Gallon Electric Mini Tank Water Heater

    "Great price, fast delivery. I installed the unit under the kitchen sink. From opening the box, plumbing and connecting via Wifi were no more than 60 mins. I'll monitor the daily KW usage. Strongly recommend trying this unit."

    - Wade T.
  • shlx tankless water heater

    L5 1.5 GPM Portable Outdoor Tankless Water Heater

    "We love ours. Imagine cool weather with muddy 4 wheelers, muddy dogs, muddy kids, & gear...well that would destroy a normal weekend but not ours. We love taking warm showers and cleaning up with ours! It truly has been a game changer."

    - Mark F.
  • 6gb natural gas tankless water

    Builder Series 6.0 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater

    "Cannot be happier with this water heater. My family came home from a long weekend and we all were in desperate need for showers. Family of five showered back to back with no issues. Thanks for making life that much easier!"

    - Ron S.
  • sh22 liquid propane tankless water

    Smart Home 6.8 GPM Outdoor Tankless Water Heater, SH22 Series

    "Works great. Love it, does great for a family of 4, love the app and how you can adjust temp from phone. Works great for younger kids."

    - Redd
  • em-7-0 mini tank water

    Under Sink EM-7.0 Gallon Electric Mini Tank Water Heater

    "This guy recuperates in 20 minutes or less... Easily installs and works on 120 volts with very low power consumption and you do not have to wire up for high amps or a 240 line. I highly recommend this unit."

    - Louis G.
  • el10 portable tankless water

    Luxé 3.0 GPM Portable Outdoor Tankless Water Heater

    "Quickly heats water. I like the thermostat with digital reading of water temperature. Has ample pressure and never ran out of warm water rinsing my horse whose reaction was that he liked the warm water."

    - Betty S.
  • el22i natural gas tankless water

    6.8 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater, EL22 Series

    "Great buy! Great purchase! Installation was quick and easy. Highly recommend!"

    - John C.
  • i12 liquid propane tankless water

    4.0 GPM Indoor Tankless Water Heater, i12 Series

    "I installed the unit a month ago with some fantastic tech support. Over all I am very happy with the performance of the heater and would recommend this unit to anyone."

    - Marc D.
  • esh 2 5 mini tank water

    Smart Home 2.5 Gallon Electric Mini Tank Water Heater

    "Look and size of the hot water heater is perfect if you are adding this to a work shop or bathroom. This water heater uses Wi-Fi so you can connect to Alexa and ok Google. Very nice packaging and very clear, easy to follow directions."

    - Matt
  • el7 portable tankless water

    Luxé 1.85 GPM Portable Outdoor Tankless Water Heater

    "Great Portable Water Heater. Delivers functionally and aesthetically. Very easy to set up and came with everything I needed. Well constructed and I like that I can easily see the water temp. Look forward to years of use."

    - ARS