Shower Valves and Tankless water heater

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by morpho, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. morpho

    morpho New Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    British Columbia
    Okay, first I'll say I am aware of the shortcomings of Tankless units. But I have lived with one for 7 years and not had a problem with it at all.
    I love the stupid thing!

    BUT! I have been using it in a cabin/makeshift setting where I simply had Cold water pumping into it and out to a shower head. (no valve and no cold to mix into it)

    Well I am about to do the plumbing to the bathroom in my new house and it's going to be a right proper shower with hot and cold runnin' water!
    My concern is what effect a pressure regulating or thermostatic valve will have on the Tankless.

    (my preference would be to have old school manual valves hot and cold and the two simply meet and mix but these are no longer allowed by code....the tankless already serves as the scald protector as it is set to a specific temp and never fluctuates)

    Anybody have some advice?
    Some experience?

    Thanks a bunch.
  2. StillGoing

    StillGoing New Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I'm not sure why you didn't get an answer on this earlier but I think the answer is pretty basic.

    Your hot water heater is the start of all of your hot water piping. You already have it to the shower, so you are half done. Now run a separate coldwater pipe to the shower and connect them to your pressure-balancing valve to the shower. The fact is you don't have a right proper shower with hot and cold water unless you do.

    You still want the pressure balancing valve in case someone flushes a toilet or the automatic icemaker comes on. The valve has a separate anti-scald protection in case some joker fiddles with your temp setting on the heater. You didn't say what temperature you have it set at.

    If you use the hottest setting the valve will be passing all the water from the hot water heater most of the time but it needs both inputs connected to water at similar pressure to work.
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