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    HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    so my water heater appears to be slowly dripping hot water from somewhere up inside the middle part (you can tell I know what I'm talking about here).

    judging by this and the 15+ year age of the unit I'm guessing I could be in the market sooner rather than later.

    right now its a 40 gallon natural gas heater, fuctions pretty well for 2 of us - but there's a third one on the way and I may want to upsize.

    so, does anybody have recommendations? I've heard about those tankless systems that sound great, but I'm guessing are really pricey. I also want to try to do the change out mostly by myself for cost-effectiveness. there is a slight possibility I'd like to move it across the room about 15 ft - I'n guessing I should hire out the plumbing to to that ... can it all by pvc or do I have to stick with copper pipe?



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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    50 Gal Self Cleaning....


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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    when did you go and get yourself a new avatar?

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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    Bigger the better. Never knew there was such thing as a self cleaning one. Just go to Menards and buy one. Odds are you will move before any of them go bad again.


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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    Not trying to hi jack your thread, but you asked. Does anyone have one of the tankless water heaters?



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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    so, does anybody have recommendations? I've heard about those tankless systems that sound great, but I'm guessing are really pricey.
    It looks like its possible to get a quality whole-home unit for under $1000, based on my 10 minutes of google searching. Thats certainly a bit more than a tank, but I think I'd consider it if I was shopping for one.


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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    I think 15+ years is beyond the useful life of most hot water heaters. Replace it sooner than later. The last thing you want is for that thing to break open and flood the place, because you know that when it breaks, you and your spouse will be out of the house for a couple of hours.

    Who ever did my house did a good thing. The bedrooms/master bath/guest bath are on the opposite side of the house from the kitchen/utility room/half bath/shower. The builder put one water heater on each side of the house. Hot water usually gets to the tap pretty fast.


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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    Quote Originally Posted by cj0227 View Post
    Not trying to hi jack your thread, but you asked. Does anyone have one of the tankless water heaters?
    I've had several, over here in Europe.

    We really like the endless hot water, but the water is HOT coming out of the heater, and it is not recommended to not mix cold with it, first.

    Mine goes through my furnace, so every time you take a shower, the furnace kicks on.


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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    I've had several, over here in Europe.

    We really like the endless hot water, but the water is HOT coming out of the heater, and it is not recommended to not mix cold with it, first.

    Mine goes through my furnace, so every time you take a shower, the furnace kicks on.
    Can you not adjust the temp it comes out at?


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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    I heard a rumor that the tankless systems burn out quickly if you have less than perfect water, and that their manufacuterer recommends prefiltering really well.

    I'd hate to put something in that wouldn't last, but they sound cool in theory.



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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Can you not adjust the temp it comes out at?
    Some, but in order to make the water "instant hot", you gotta get it pretty hot.


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    Re: HOT THREAD! (water heaters)

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    I heard a rumor that the tankless systems burn out quickly if you have less than perfect water, and that their manufacuterer recommends prefiltering really well.

    I'd hate to put something in that wouldn't last, but they sound cool in theory.
    Our water is so bad, it isn't drinkable. In fact, it clogs the shower heads about every month. We have calcium so bad (imagine that, we live on top of a cave, on the side of a mountain.)

    The water heater also serves as our furnace. It's been there for several years, and serves trouble-free.


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