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#157246 - 02/01/07 12:09 PM Non Axiom related question.
HomeDad Offline
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I'm wondering if any of you good folks out there are using tankless water heaters.
We are thinking of changing over to one, I've been searching on the net but can't find many real world opinions on these things.
Not sure if the $1000.00 dollar expense would be worth it.
Any help would be appreciated.
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#157247 - 02/01/07 12:26 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: HomeDad]
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I'm also interested in this feedback. We have a huge jet tub in our bathroom off the main bedroom. It drains our water heater and the level is just a few inches above the jets.....
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#157248 - 02/01/07 12:27 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: SirQuack]
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We'll have one in our new office, not that this is any help to you guys in the near term.


Randy, my understanding of the devices is that you're not going to have any luck filling a bathtub with the water from one of these things. They actually do have tanks, they're just very small.
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#157249 - 02/01/07 12:27 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: HomeDad]
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HomeDad,

Do you mean winter-summer hookup? That's what we have on our oil burner. Makes plenty of hot water on demand, though for our upstairs bathroom it may take a minute or so for the hot water to flow that far. Plus - you never run out of hot water once it starts flowing!

If you're talking about a stand-alone water on demand heater, the closest I've used is a portable camp shower gizmo. Hooks up to propane and pumps/heats the water simultaneously. The one we used has 2 burners, but only 1 burner is necessary for hot enough water for a shower.

If none of the above - sorry can't help ya there!
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#157250 - 02/01/07 01:13 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: JasonEuc]
HomeDad Offline
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I'm looking at something like this for a whole house system Lowes
My understanding is there is no tank, the water will run through heated coils for unlimited hot water, and a good reduction in heating costs.
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#157251 - 02/01/07 01:16 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: HomeDad]
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OK, nevermind...
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#157252 - 02/01/07 01:17 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: HomeDad]
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We just had a new water heater installed for about the price of a pair of M60s at the FO. I asked the plumber who installed the new tank water heater about tankless and he told me he has installed them but they just don't cut the mustard. There you go, now you have a meaningless opinion from someone you don't know which won't help with your decision.

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#157253 - 02/01/07 01:22 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: littleb]
Wid Offline
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

That's quite a high price for a hot water heater. I install my own for a fraction of that price, they are pretty easy to do.
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#157254 - 02/01/07 02:06 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: HomeDad]
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Michael, your long term success will really depend on the quality/hardness of your water. There are small capillary tubes inside the heater that will VERY easily plug up in a short amount of time.

Because our water is so horrid in this part of SW Ontario, the local utility did extended testing, and has recommended against them. The other drawback, is reports of decreased water pressure.

As a side note, the unit you linked to was ventless and designed for installation outdoors. I would think you need to find a vented indoor unit.
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#157255 - 02/01/07 02:16 PM Re: Non Axiom related question. [Re: littleb]
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Quote:

We just had a new water heater installed for about the price of a pair of M60s at the FO. I asked the plumber who installed the new tank water heater about tankless and he told me he has installed them but they just don't cut the mustard. There you go, now you have a meaningless opinion from someone you don't know which won't help with your decision.



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