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A couple questions about water heaters
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Chad K    Posted 01-28-2005 at 02:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
1) Why 2 40 gallon heaters in a series? Why not just 1 80 gallon?I assume there is a reason, but what is it?

2) I have a 40 gallon LP water heater. If my wife washes a load of clothes just after she showers, I better not plan on showering for a few minutes, unless I want a cold question..How the heck do you guys get enough hot water with only a 40 gal. heater?


pbutler    Posted 01-28-2005 at 12:34:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Contractor said 2 40's were just as cheap as 1 80, also would get a little more capacity-and easier to get in and out of basement when replaced.

However living fine with 1 40 I would have been more than happy with a single 50.

We are builing about 120 miles from current house and it got put in while I was away during the week.

Go Tankless    Posted 01-28-2005 at 06:53:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It had been my intent to get a tankless water heater (propane). You know, the one demand types. Lowes had a 5gpm one with my name on it. Then I let my subcontractor and plumber talk me out of it because the plumber said it wouldn't keep up with my ginormous ofuro tub. Didn't make sense to me since it was an ON DEMAND water heater but I bowed to his 'experience' and got an 80gallon hot water tank (propane). While it is efficient it is the LOUDEST thing in my little house in the woods. It sounds like a freight train and the most inopportune times. Should have gone with the on demand system.

To add insult to injury, another person surmises the plumber with an eye on profit margin talked me out of the on demand system because he could make more selling me a HWtank.


Hey Paula..........    Posted 01-28-2005 at 07:04:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I plan to get one of these installed this summer.....I know several folks here in town that have em and they can't say enough good about em!!


The first chance I get    Posted 01-28-2005 at 10:08:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can assure you I'll be ripping that louda$$ tank out of my pantry and putting in my tankless. Sheesh - see what considering other people's opinions gets ya!


It pays..........    Posted 01-28-2005 at 11:49:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
to do your own research when it comes to anything regarding your own home. Thanks to the Net and Google you can find everything you look for.


The sad thing is...    Posted 01-28-2005 at 14:42:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I DID my research and absolutely knew right up to the point when I sold out to the plumber that I wanted a tankless. Don't know if it's some vestigal west indian woman thing; you RULE THE WORLD until some guy says something, then just roll over like a twit.


Oops.............    Posted 01-28-2005 at 07:09:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I plan to get the one that uses Propane ....NOT electric!!


Sid    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:55:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you checked you temperasture setting? We have run a load of clothes and still had hot water after five consecutive showers.

Charles(Mo)    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:13:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
6 years ago, we built a new house. There were me and my wife, Betty and our 3 teenage kids. I thought about putting in 2 water heaters and done some checking about costs. I found out it was cheaper to have 1 larger heater. So I installed a 58 gal. electric. Never ran out of hot water. Dish washer, clothes washer and three teenagers can really use the water.

We built a new house last year and I installed a 52 gal electric water heater. The older two don't live with us now, but they manage to bring the laundry home once a week. But we still have enough hot water.

I put a meter on our water heater back years ago, to see what the kilowatt usage was. And at the time the electric water heater was costing me about $25. a month. That was when the kids were little. Just guessing, that price has probably doubled.

I think I will meter our new heater to find out.

Steve/TN    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:08:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chad, it seems that your lower elememt must be burned out. The top element is the quick-recovery element. The lower one is the work horse. It usually is the one to go because of the deposits that gather at the bottom of your tank. A top elememt rarely burns out. You should not be out of hot water after your boss washes one load.

Chad K    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:17:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Might be that I'm missing something here...but did you catch the part about it being an LP water heater? 'cuz the element suggestion confuses me!?

Steve/TN    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:43:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, you are not missing something; I am. I laughed for 5 minutes when I read your post. I think maybe I'm getting too old to answer posts, or it could be that I still had sleep in my eyes. My aplologies. I got a good laugh out of my insanity. Have a good day.

mojo    Posted 01-28-2005 at 04:40:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
An LP water heater is better about keeping up with demand. Our 40 gallon LP has never left us in the cold, even when 5 adults and two kids using it in a row (in-laws were visiting). But if I were doing things again I'd look into those 'instant' heaters.

Les    Posted 01-28-2005 at 04:05:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a 40 gallon LP HWH and I never even think about it. It has always been there with hot water.
When you say "a few minutes" what does that mean? 5? 10? 20?

Chad K    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Iffn' I had to guess, 10 minutes. Of course she takes long showers...that could be my problem

Les    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:26:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your wife takes too long showers?
When my current WH takes a dump, I'm thinking of getting one of those instant, no-tank units.

Chuck in Ks.    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:45:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chad, there is a plastic tube on the cold water inlet side of the tank that delievers cold water to the bottom of the tank.If this tube has gone bad than you are not getting all of the hot water out of the tank. It should pull right out after removing the cold water line. Easy check.
However, its probably the long showers.

Chad K    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:41:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup, she does...maybe I could solve the problem by hopping in there with her???

Chad, In the Gutter

Sid    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:56:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I try that and it causes more probems.

Les    Posted 01-28-2005 at 05:45:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a good plan to me!!! Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Dirt will end up with a few dust bunnies after all!

ratface    Posted 01-28-2005 at 08:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know where you get your electric from but my co-op will give you an electric 80g for $1. Call your company. Of course you;re heating 80 g all the time and they love that. Don't offer a smaller size. They have stipulations of course. Only one every five years and you have to agree to have it radio controlled by them at peak times. They come out and hardwire a gizzmo to it and shut off the electric to it by radio signal. Its easy to defeat this gizzmo though. Stick with your LP though, I had a venting problem and stayed with electric.

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