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#335143 - 01/21/11 09:44 AM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: HomeDad]
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Originally Posted By: HomeDad
... The big bonus for us was in our propane savings, the unit has more than paid for itself.


Michael, that's one area that I have not been able to figure out - if the savings on natural gas will offset the increased price of purchase & installation.
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#335178 - 01/21/11 12:56 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: cb919]
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CB,
I was more asking if some of the various comments where others were lees than pleased could be tied to electric in-line heaters as opposed to gas?
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#335211 - 01/21/11 03:15 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: tomtuttle]
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Michael, do you have a different experience with the hot water when the incoming water supply is colder?


Tom, the only difference I've seen is that the water will take longer to heat up during the winter, particularly in the baths with the longest supply line from the tank.
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#335213 - 01/21/11 03:30 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: cb919]
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Originally Posted By: cb919
Originally Posted By: HomeDad
... The big bonus for us was in our propane savings, the unit has more than paid for itself.


Michael, that's one area that I have not been able to figure out - if the savings on natural gas will offset the increased price of purchase & installation.


Dan,
I'm not an expert but I would assume the size of your house would make a big difference. Our old water heater had to do a lot of work to keep the water in our house warm, I'm sure in part due to having so much line to accomidate 5 bathrooms,I would still have to run the water to get it hot, and in certain rooms it would never get as hot as I wanted, it wasn't uncommon for us to also run out of hot water. The tannkless never runs out of hot water and you can set the temp. up to 130 F. That being said I think you would still realize a savings in a smaller home due to the fact it uses gas on demand. And if you like scalding showers like I do it's the way to go.
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#335217 - 01/21/11 04:15 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: HomeDad]
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Originally Posted By: HomeDad
And if you like scalding showers like I do it's the way to go.

Things must be OK for you, Michael.

My showers generally need to be cold.
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#335227 - 01/21/11 05:15 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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#335228 - 01/21/11 05:18 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: HomeDad]
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Oops wrong thread.


Edited by CatBrat (01/21/11 05:18 PM)

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#335369 - 01/22/11 08:26 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: CatBrat]
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I have recently installed a rinnai tankless water heater. I like the fact that I never run out of hot water, but I don't think that the heater lives up to its stated 7.5 GPM. When the washer draws hot water I get almost nothing in the shower. It's only been a few months so It is still too early to tell if I'm glad I went this route. The one thing I do like is the space savings which was important to me.
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#335372 - 01/22/11 10:25 PM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: Listener]
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Originally Posted By: Listener
When the washer draws hot water I get almost nothing in the shower.
That could also be due to the design of the water lines and the washer has a more direct route instead of being fed off a manifold to equalize the flow to all lines.
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#335392 - 01/23/11 07:42 AM Re: Tankless water heater? [Re: jakewash]
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Oh, another good point Jason. I am in an older bungalow and there is definitely differences in flow patterns/routing to different taps. No central manifold here.

Thanks for the info Listener - keep me posted as you get more experience with your system.


Edited by cb919 (01/23/11 07:42 AM)
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