Bosch Therm C 1210 ES 
Tankless Water Heater
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Explore the best from Bosch - Therm C 1210 ES, a tankless and condensing water heater with amazing features. Check out the detailed review of the top features, including the powerful and green gas burner, high efficiency, low gas emission, and increased flow rate for the high demanding applications.

Highlights

Models overview

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The Bosch Therm C 1210 ES model was built as the condensing water heater that heats water on demand and supplies hot water in endless supply, with the ultra-high thermal efficiency and flow rate. Due to its innovative design, Bosch tankless heaters can easily compete with other brands such as Noritz, Rinnai, and Takagi.

Bosch tankless and condensing models use natural or propane gas for heating water directly and flue gases to indirectly heat the incoming cold water, resulting in the lower exhaust gas temperature. This allows homeowners to use PVC vents instead of more expensive stainless steel.

The high energy efficiency of 98% means that only a few percent of the heat is lost, while most of the energy goes toward heating the cold water. High performance also means lower emission and less pollution.

Since the model was designed with the gas input of 225,000 Btu, it is not Energy Star certified (to be eligible for the ES program, the maximum power should be 199,900 Btu or less). However, it can heat efficiently and provide lots of hot water, reaching high 12.1 gallons per minute.

This model is also ASME certified, which ensures the high quality of materials and craftsmanship. With the superior design, Bosch can provide a long 15-year warranty, which is longer than on most models from other manufacturers (12-year is the maximum).

Features

Easy installation

All tankless water heaters from Bosch, including the Therm C 1210 ES, are designed compact and small, allowing easy handling, flexible wall-mount installation, and thanks to the sealed combustion chamber - installation almost anywhere inside your home.

Like most modern tankless water heaters, Bosch Therm C 1210 ES does not use the pilot light to light the main burner but the electrode and electronic ignition. When the main burner is lit, the maximum heat energy goes toward heating the water in the first heat exchanger. In contrast, the lost energy in the flue gases heats the incoming water in the second aluminum heat exchanger.

Venting options

The flue gases are further taken out through the direct vent system, installed either horizontally or vertically in a concentric or twin pipe configuration, using the PVC, PP, ABS, and CPVC vents and with the maximum pipe lengths of 63 feet.

The Bosch Therm C 1210 ES is available as an indoor and outdoor model (with an optional outdoor kit), which gives more flexibility during the installation.

Power adjustment

A modulating gas valve and its constant gas/air ratio control make the water heater work in the range from the minimum gas input of 25,000 to the maximum of 225,000 BTU, including the applications with the variable water flow. Also, with the modulating water valve, the comfort increases while the temperature control improves.

The Bosch C 1210 ES models are approved for combined domestic water and space heater, but only in the open-loop setup and not in close-loop space heating applications. Keep in mind that the warranty is reduced to 3 years.

The recirculation through the unit is allowed, and when combined with the small mini-tank such as the Tronic 3000 T, hot water is delivered faster with less waiting, the temperature stability is improved, and overall customer satisfaction.

High water flow

Bosch C 1210 ES water heater can provide a high 12.1 GPM of hot water, which is enough for large homes with up to five showers. If there is a need for even more hot water, the Intelligent Cascading system allows connecting up to 24 units into one system.

Advanced

At the front of the unit, there is a control panel with an LCD display that shows the temperature, few indicators, and error codes, for easy troubleshooting, ON/OFF, and program/temperature control buttons.

As the system comes with real-time diagnostics, users can take advantage of informational purposes, troubleshooting, and faster repair. The wireless remote is optional and is used to control the temperature of the outgoing hot water.

Safety features

  • Built-in freeze protection, down to 5 F but only for the short-term conditions
  • ECO for overheat protection
  • Flame failure device (ionization sensor)
  • Outlet temperature sensor
  • Backflow temperature sensor
  • Flue temperature sensor
  • Water drop protection
  • Condensate drain

Related: High-end model - Rinnai RUR98

Specifications

  • Power: 25,000-225,000 BTU
  • Maximum water flow: 12.1 GPM
  • Thermal efficiency: 98%
  • Temperature range: 100-140 F (commercial C 1210 ESC models can reach up to 180 F)
  • Accuracy: +/- 2 F
  • Maximum exhaust and combustion air pipe lengths - 63 ft. for the twin-pipe system or 43 ft. for a concentric setup
  • Vent size: 3 or 4 inch
  • Maximum altitude 8,000 ft.
  • Minimum water flow to activate: 0.5 GPM
  • Water pressure: min 30, max 145 PSI
  • Size: 11” X 18” X 30.5”, Weight: 74 lbs
  • Warranty 15 years on heat exchangers

Note: The C 1210 ES is not designed for installation in mobile (manufactured) homes.

Bosch Therm C 1210 ES is a powerful tankless water heater designed not only for heating potable water at home but also for space heating and recirculation and instant hot water delivery and as the backup in solar water heating. That is why a tankless from Bosch is a good buy.

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