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Question DetailsAsked on 5/9/2011

Does anyone have experience with tankless water heaters?

Consumer Reports doesn't have any news. Lowes carries Bosch. I think Home depot does, too. Input would be greatly appreciated!

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"Experience with Tankless Water Heaters" is a broad question, so I'll address a few items:

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank water heaters, and the "payback" in energy savings takes years to realize. So, if you will not be in the home for a long period of time, tankless may not be your best choice.

Will you be using gas or electric? If you intend to heat water for an entire home with electric, you are unlikely to realize any real savings, because a tremendous amount of electricity will be used to heat water quickly. Installation will require at least two 220 outlets. If you will be using gas to heat your water, your gas lines should be examined by a licensed plumber to insure that they are able to carry the larger load created by a tankless water heater. In San Antonio, this requires a permit to be pulled before the gas tankless water heater installation.

Are you a "green" thinker? Do you appreciate the value of conserving water? If so, tankless fits your life>
I trust this information is of assistance to you.

Dixie Bishop
Texas Plumbing Diagnostics
San Antonio, TX
So, if you will be in your home for 10 years or so, you are planning on using gas, and you like the idea of conserving water and energy enough to pay a significantly higher price, tankless is for you!


Answered 8 years ago by DixieBishop

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