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jrc1963 posted 11/30/2013 22:37 PM

Does anyone have one?

I'm thinking of having one installed. We have a standard gas water heater now... 40 gallons. It's in decent shape...

But when it needs to be replaced, I'm thinking of going tankless.

Need opinions.

Thanks

GabyBaby posted 11/30/2013 22:42 PM

My BIL had one installed on the portion of the house where his MIL lived.
They LOVE it. His oldest daughter now uses that suite of rooms.

FaithFool posted 11/30/2013 22:44 PM

Best investment ever. Had one in the last house I lived in. You never run out of hot water and you don't have to pay to keep the flame on 24/7.

ThoughtIKnewYa posted 11/30/2013 22:54 PM

They're really hot. Constant hot water supply.

FinallyHappy posted 12/1/2013 04:27 AM

We just bought a new house in July, and it has a tankless water heater.

I love it!

At first I was impatient with it because it took a few seconds longer for the water to get hot, but man, more than worth it. The hot water never runs out when you need it. You don't need to spend a second waiting for the water to heat up if you just ran the dishwasher and washing machine right before you remembered that you really wanted to take a long bath and read, without letting the water heat up for 15 minutes or so.

Oh, and it's so darn economical! Seriously, we moved to a larger place and our utility bills are about 1/3 of the previous utility bills. Now, of course this isn't all due to the tankless water heater (although that in itself is a lot of savings), but omg, the appliances in total can make a huge difference, and we had darn good appliances to begin with.

[This message edited by FinallyHappy at 4:32 AM, December 1st (Sunday)]

thebighurt posted 12/1/2013 08:31 AM

Xpos had one installed a few years ago. Much more economical, as everyone has said. However, he would NOT listen to me and had it installed close to the bedrooms/bathrooms and it takes forever for the hot water to get to the kitchen and washer. This one can be set at any temp very easily.

The gas ones are much more economical to run than the electric models. The one we got is the Consumer Reports recommended brand and model of that time. Also the one a friend who sells and installs them recommended. I would consult them again for today's comparisons. PM me if you don't have a membership and I'll check for you and send you the info.

jrc1963 posted 12/1/2013 12:33 PM

Thanks!!!

osxgirl posted 12/4/2013 16:25 PM

We really wanted to do a tankless when we replaced ours recently. But....

You'll need to look at the electricity too. We have an older place (condo built in the 80's), and when we looked at doing it, we found out that the circuit box we have couldn't handle it. Which meant we were also going to have to have an electrician put in an auxiliary circuit box. Which meant extra cost and time.

The cost we might have been willing to do (although it was still more than we really wanted to spend up front right now). But since our water heater had died, we really needed to put one in right away. And getting the electrical work done would have ended up adding at least a week to the time it would take to get the water heater replaced (and we'd already been without for 4 or 5 days).

As long as you plan for doing it ahead of time, though, you shouldn't have those kinds of problems.

gardenparty posted 12/4/2013 20:22 PM

As a plumber I love them. They take up way less space in a mechanical room, are easier to install and way more economical to maintain. The lifespan that we are seeing in them is between 5 to 7 years of maintenance free use which is comparable to a regular storage style water heater here.

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