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If you have good access to the pipes and can be completely sure that they're empty down to the service entry, then you can get away with turning off the hot water heater and draining the lines/tank. If it's a newer model, though, they're generally extremely efficient, and won't cost you much to leave on for peace of mind. If you can't verify empty lines, ...


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If you cant find a remote try turning on the hot water in the sink to add additional hot water demand, This will waste some water but may not take much to keep you from getting the cold surprise.


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Are you OK with "beautifying" your house by adding a post-industrial or modern "style" water heater on the outside of your house? Is there some other interior hidden space close to the bathroom that will be less conspicuous? You could also run a dedicated ½" or ⅜" PEX hot water line to the bathroom, which will store much less water and therefore result in ...


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Interesting. In Canada the cable you need exists (2 conductor 12 or 10 AWG, red and black jackets, with bare ground), is commonly used to wire baseboard heaters at 240V and 20A, and can be found at any HomeDepot. The cable is even made in USA! See here for 12 AWG: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.electrical-cable--copper-electrical-wire-gauge-122---romex-...


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You are allowed to use a white wire for a hot wire, but you need to mark it with tape at both ends. The tape can be any color besides white, gray, green or copper, as those denote other things. If you want to be fancy and use wire natively colored the official colors, use 10/3. Wire-nut or tape the unused neutral. If your heater is 16 amps or ...


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Alternate opinion here. People do not use hot water continuously. They have moments of activity when they shower, wash clothes or do dishes. The rest of the time, the water in the pipes cools off. You know the drill: How long the hot water takes to get hot, depends on the inventory (volume) of water in the pipe. Pipe volume is the square of diameter. ...



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