tankless gas hot water heaters: who has one?

  • rnch

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    Jul 11, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    i wonder if the battery powered ignition model would be better than the electric powered ignition models?

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    Jul 11, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    I have friends that have the electric ignition model and absolutely LOVE it. His wife used to work for Bosch, so the brand was a no-brainer, and I would love to have one myself. They have nothing but good things to say about it, and it saves a lot of money on utilities. Can't understand why we all don't have them, as most Europeans do.
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    Jul 11, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    Put 3 of them in my building in Calif!

    Was excellent and cut the gas bill by over HALF!

    Have an electric one here in Florida.. The technology is now as good as gas.. LOVE it and electric was drastically cut..

    All my friends want to replace the tanks with them now.

    PS: Do NOT buy the 'cheap' models.. you'll be sorry you did. Buy quality (therefore a little more expensive) but it will be worth it in the end.
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:28 AM GMT
    What are the negative aspects of tankless water heaters?
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat are the negative aspects of tankless water heaters?
    I had one several years ago. One day it suddenly exploded with no warning. It was so loud that I ran out of the house thinking the house had blown up. The worst part is it was in the middle of a hail storm, so I got pelted with hail 'till I figured out what the problem was. icon_lol.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jul 12, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    One more reason to love Europeans. They have them all over the place, tankless I mean. As for batteries, it depends on you. When did you last replace the batteries in your smoke detectors?
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    Count me in as a big supporter of the Rinnai heaters. Put some in rental properties a few years ago, and in my own home shortly thereafter. Savings are good, but it's also nice sometimes after a tough workout to stay in the shower for an hour and never run out of hot water.

    I'm fairly handy, so I installed them myself. It's not complicated, but there's some venting issues and codes you need to be aware of, if that's not your thing, hire someone to do it.