D.B. asks from Trenton, NJ on March 06, 2011
Tankless Water Heaters - Trenton,NJ
Our water heater just gave up on us and I'm considering going tankless. I can't find any good info or reviews on them.
If you have a tankless water heater can you give me some insight. Is it a good investment? Thanks!
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L.C. answers from Washington DC on March 07, 2011
We looked into them. We decided that it wasn't for us.
Do your research.
Look online - check the reviews.
A.C. answers from Phoenix on March 06, 2011
If you watch HGTV at all then you may know who of a man named Mike Holmes. He has a show called Holmes on Homes and also one named Holmes Inspection. Basically, he is the home improvement guru of our day (seriously the man and his team are amazing).....anyway, Mike always recommends tankless water heaters. They are much more economical and environmentally friendly than traditional water heaters. A big plus to them is that the only heat the water you need when you need it so your water heater is not constantly running and heating water. This of course saves money on your electricity bill!
Although we don't have a tankless water heater, if our water heater ever goes out than we will definitely be replacing it with a tankless one! HTH!
J.G. answers from San Antonio on March 06, 2011
The only help I can give you is to tell you that we are building our house and my husband bought a tankless water heater. He wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't had been worth the bucks. But what else was nice was 1. It takes up little to no room. 2. It weighs almost nothing. He installed it in one day in the attic (not sure if it's made for all attics. It might depend on your air flow). So that was very nice. He says that the tankless ones have easy-to-adjust temp guages and that they are accurate to one degree.
good luck with your search.
T.N. answers from Los Angeles on March 06, 2011
When we bought our house, it had an old 40 gallon water heater for 3 showers. It was not enough for my shower, let alone 2 of us showering at the same time. So we got a Rinnai 9 gallons per minute tankless water heater, now we don't have to worry about running out of water while we are both showering. The other alternative was a commercial grade water heater that would have hardly fit on the side of the house. the tankless water heater is on the side of the house outside on the wall, we have had it for 2 years with no problems. Also, at the time it was cheaper than the traditional water heater because of the federal tax credits and the rebates from the gas company. The only downside is that you will not have hot water during a power outage and it might take slightly longer to get hot water coming out if your faucet. Overall, very happy with it!
B.K. answers from Detroit on March 07, 2011
They sound great, ours is leaking, the plumber is actually replacing tomorrow! We wanted tankless but the installation is VERY expensive! We thought of DIY but it seemed very complicated and DH wasn't comfortable! Price quoted at $1200 to install tankless, $300 traditional!
C.C. answers from Sacramento on March 06, 2011
I'm a commercial construction manager, and I have quite a bit of experience with tankless hot water heaters. Yes, they are worth the investment. I would go with Rinnai or Takagi brands. Both are well made and hold up over the long haul. I would NOT purchase the Bosch brand (difficult warranty service).
A few words of advice:
1) MAKE SURE that you purchase the exact type of exhaust pipe specified in the installation manual. That is extremely important, and can cause your water heater to malfunction/will void the warranty if you cheap out and buy a non-specified type of exhaust pipe.
2) Set the water temperature pretty low (like 105 or less). It sounds counterintuitive, but these heaters work on flow rate. The ideal is to turn your shower on and have the hot water running full blast - your shower will come out the perfect temp and last forever. If you set your water heater at 120, you will need to mix cold water in in order to take your shower, and the flow rate might not be high enough to trigger the heater to turn on. So, just set the temp at "shower temperature" (whatever that is for you) and you'll be fine!
These are just a few things I've run across dealing with this type of water heater professionally. You'll love having a tankless hot water heater! They are totally worth the investment!