Copper to Pex and Using "Gator Bite" Fittings?
Hi, I was hoping someone could help me out with a quick question. I have a hot water heater that's dying; constantly leaking and it's over 22 years old... so I'm upgrading to tankless water heater that I've already run.
First, I have a really tough install in that it's in the basement ceiling, but directly over the AC for the house; and it's hard for me to make a bunch of fittings to re-route the cold water into the tankless heater.
Is it possible to convert my copper pipe to PEX for about a 6-10 foot run; so that way I wouldn't need to install approximately 4-6 elbows and 45 degree bends in order to get straight copper over to the new install area?
Ideally, i put in a "T Fitting to in the copper, putting the "leg" of the T as a flexible PEX tube going to the tankless heater, and the other side of the T continuing to all the cold water connections. On the return hot water from the tankless heater, i'll use more PEX to run above and around the AC unit to get to the existing source where the current hot water heater is (thus enabling all the old "taps" for hot water to remain intact).
Is this the proper way? I can sweat pipe, but i don't think i can do so many bends and fits in such a tight area; and PEX would make it much easier.
Lastly, anyone use the compression fit "Gator Bite" fittings? Is there any way that will actually hold? I'm surprised to see them and can't believe they'd work. Just curious what the contractors think of them.