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Tankless???
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KatG    Posted 01-04-2005 at 17:39:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I read an article in the Sunday paper concerning a tankless hot water heater...I never heard of one...Said it was very energy effficent...but did not describe it...Anyone ever see one??...KAtG


Melanie ... so ...    Posted 01-05-2005 at 12:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
... would whoever installed this be doing a tankless job???

(Ducking)


tacon1    Posted 01-05-2005 at 05:21:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I put one in in my last house and they are great! Had four teenagers in the house with never ending showers, clothes washing, etc. Mine was gas, don't know about how good the electric ones are, but as advertised, there is a never ending supply of hot water and no heating of a tank when water is not being used, so it's cheaper in the long run. Now about heating to 170 degrees...don't know why anyone would want water that hot..just plain dangerous, that would peel the skin right off of ya. Mine put out 110 degree water and that is plenty hot enough. And like I said, they heat "on demand" so when you turn the hot water on,you can let it run as long as you want with no temp. drop.


BurlGoat    Posted 01-05-2005 at 03:33:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
KatG
The electric ones are not that great.Propane or natrual gas are decent.The eletric type will not provide hot water fast enough also when the elements get bad it cost more to replace them than the heater cost.Took ours out knew better than to install it in the first place but listened to other half. JMHO BTDT


Chas in Me    Posted 01-04-2005 at 19:59:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was told they will clog up quickly if you have hard water.


Doc    Posted 01-04-2005 at 18:44:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I also have read nothing but good things about them. Watched them install a top of the line on "This Old House" and was very impressed. If I were to build a new house or if my 120 gallon tank with 3" styrofoam insulation ever gives out, that's what I'm switching to.


TB    Posted 01-04-2005 at 18:00:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hooked up a couple of the electric ones thay only will raise the temp of the water about forty degrees and the electric one that did gove good hot water had two hooked up in series to give good hot water. Electric ones probibly wouldn't be the way to go if you was on a demand meter.


Chad K    Posted 01-04-2005 at 18:06:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I take it they wouldn't be capable of supplying 170 water...we need to replace a water heater soon (80 gallon) and I wondered about going to one of them. Sounds like I don't need to think to hard about it though?
Chad


TB    Posted 01-04-2005 at 18:43:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not one alone. It may take two plumbed in series to do a decent job. Depends on make and model's and if the limets can be set that high. for 170 degres you may have to hook three up. That is the ones like I worked with I dont know about the gas ones. Maybe these wernt exactly top of the line ether. I just wired them up. one alone didn't impress me.


Gerrit    Posted 01-04-2005 at 17:53:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
In Holland we've had them for ages. Natural gas or Propane heaters. I guess because we have a lot of natural gas over there. Anyway, they are O.K. for kitchen use. If you want to take a shower you need a bigger one or live with little water coming out of the shower..
I personally prefer a tank full of warm water to take a shower..


toolman    Posted 01-04-2005 at 17:46:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
i looked into them kat , they are expensive at least up here , i think in the long run they would probably be ok instead of heating alot of water and having it sit in a tank, there was something else about them that worried me but i can,t remember what it was off hand, probably cost.


Clipper    Posted 01-04-2005 at 17:45:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here ya go......I'm planning to get one by this coming Fall if all goes well. Heard nothing but good things about em!!! The ones that use propane that is!


seahag    Posted 01-04-2005 at 18:09:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been thinking about one of these. I have an all electric home, we sometimes heat with wood. I spent a fortune on good windows about 15 years ago triple pane high rated windows, usually you cant hear anything that is going on outside. I also have mucho mucho insulation in the house. I leave my thermostat at about 65, this is baseboard heat. I have two bedrooms I do not heat and I dont heat the bathroom, I leave the door open. No basement, this is a slab home and the utility room heater is not on either I leave that door open. It is only the old man and me and heck I shower everyday,he does every other. wash in cold water and I dont have a dishwasher, I actually I do, they are on the ends of my arms.

I really wonder if this would be a good investment for me. My electic bill in the winter is about $227.00 in the summer about $120, no air conditioning just a window one in the living room...I live in the woods so it stays very cool until late at night.


Clipper    Posted 01-04-2005 at 18:22:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
They make em in various sizes....I gotta go with the biggest unit they sell. Hollywood showers (45 minutes) are the norm in my house with the wife and 2 kids. Throw in 3 loads of laundry a day for good measure! I have a 500 gallon propane tank that I bought outright 3 years ago so I figger I'm good to go on that part of it. Read up on em and think it over.....I have researched em till I'm exhausted and can't find anything better out there to use. :^)


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