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[Cob] Tankless Waterheaterdan Burbank dan at crookedbear.com
Thu Oct 23 19:41:02 PDT 2008
We are in town and have a Rinnai NG tank-less water heater. It is hard to say how much it saved us. We added a 16 X 20 kitchen, took our house apart and rebuilt it, we have a 1950 rambler that was a whopping 820 square ft. and added another 320ft. Anyway we dumped the tank water heater and added a gas fireplace to keep the main living area warm during the evening. We re wrapped house, resided, new sheet rock insulation windows everything. After 2 years of rebuilding our gas bill was the same, even though the price went up and we added. So it is hard to say since we improved the living space physically so much. Have had no problems with the heater in fact love it. The only draw back, if you run hot water and then stop, takes a few moments for the heater to kick on so you can get a cold water sandwich. A tank keeps the pipes warm so it seamed that the "shock" of the cold was lessened but with a tank-less system, it always happens. Sometimes it is not as drastic as others, summer time during day when using it a lot, it will only be cool. But you will always get that 2 or 3 seconds of cold water between hot if the line is already primed. Easy to live with it. Oh, one other thing, you need to restrain yourself if you like hot showers. I know, it is against everything sustainable but the occasional long hot shower does not deprive the next guy in line. As for how hot, we had the gas at the house already so it was a no brainier for us. It will heat to 140 if you need it. We picked the Rinnai because it had the highest flow/heating ratio. Hope that helps. dan
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