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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-06-07 05:37 PM
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38. No but what you may be able to do...
...is save enough out of the budget to put in all the cutoff valves and stuff you would need for solar, so if you ever have money to do solar, you don't need to have the plumber come back again.

Also be sure if you have a tank to get a mixer valve, even if they assure you that the tank is "adjustable" -- you have to keep that tank hot to avoid the possibility of an infection with legionella, so you keep it hot and then mix it down. Some states even require it by law.




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  -I need a new hot water heater. I have $800 Wednesdays  Aug-06-07 09:37 AM   #0 
  - At the Home Depot/Lowes they usually have three levels  panader0   Aug-06-07 09:43 AM   #1 
  - Be sure to replace those flexible hose sections too.  Turbineguy   Aug-06-07 10:28 AM   #18 
  - Flexible hose sections?  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 11:19 AM   #20 
     - Flex hose  Turbineguy   Aug-06-07 02:50 PM   #34 
  - I have to thank you and everyone for the wonderful insight  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 11:40 AM   #27 
  - How about the "on demand" type?  roody   Aug-06-07 09:49 AM   #2 
  - Tips from Consumer Reports  Lasher   Aug-06-07 09:50 AM   #3 
  - where did they come up w/ $1300 extra for tankless?  ret5hd   Aug-06-07 09:55 AM   #7 
  - Don't know, I just passed the information along as I found it.  Lasher   Aug-06-07 10:03 AM   #11 
  - See...that's where I'm confused  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 11:23 AM   #21 
     - It's not a simple thing.  Lasher   Aug-06-07 01:50 PM   #32 
  - The one we looked at for our house  China_cat   Aug-06-07 10:26 AM   #17 
     - What model was that?  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 11:24 AM   #22 
        - I'll have to ask my husband.  China_cat   Aug-06-07 12:20 PM   #28 
        - Ok, here's the info  China_cat   Aug-06-07 02:19 PM   #33 
           - I would NOT want to take a shower with that thing.  Xithras   Aug-07-07 05:21 PM   #44 
  - Oops, posted reply in wrong place.  Lasher   Aug-06-07 10:01 AM   #10 
  - tankless water heaters save energy and space...  ret5hd   Aug-06-07 09:51 AM   #4 
  - Most I have seen are Larger, but still smaller then a new Tank.  happyslug   Aug-06-07 10:15 AM   #16 
  - Instant-on natural gas water heater from China...  Bruce McAuley   Aug-06-07 09:52 AM   #5 
  - What part of the country do you live in?  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 11:31 AM   #23 
     - I live in eastern Washington State, the cold part...  Bruce McAuley   Aug-06-07 08:14 PM   #39 
        - Thanks for the info! I'll check that link promptly.  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 08:49 PM   #40 
           - Yup, insulation is important for any water heater...  Bruce McAuley   Aug-06-07 11:11 PM   #42 
  - A tankless water heater can cost that much  Warpy   Aug-06-07 09:52 AM   #6 
  - Is that 15 gallon tank gas or electric?  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 11:33 AM   #24 
     - I've had both gas and electric  Warpy   Aug-06-07 12:36 PM   #30 
        - Yeah, about the water temperature  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 01:46 PM   #31 
  - for about $20  dweller   Aug-06-07 09:55 AM   #8 
  - Can you put a timer  LiberalEsto   Aug-06-07 09:59 AM   #9 
     - Depends on the Model, some come with it already.  happyslug   Aug-06-07 10:14 AM   #15 
        - thanks for answering that, i didn't know  dweller   Aug-06-07 11:33 AM   #25 
        - Sounds wonderful  LiberalEsto   Aug-06-07 12:31 PM   #29 
  - Check for rebates from the govt. for getting a tankless  VLC   Aug-06-07 10:04 AM   #12 
  - and you can buy a 40 gallon cheaper than a 30 gal one  madokie   Aug-06-07 10:09 AM   #13 
  - Thought about Solar?  happyslug   Aug-06-07 10:09 AM   #14 
  - Can all that be done for less than 800 dollars total?  Wednesdays   Aug-06-07 11:17 AM   #19 
     - I doubt it. but you should look into it.  happyslug   Aug-06-07 11:34 AM   #26 
     - No but what you may be able to do...  skids   Aug-06-07 05:37 PM   #38 
  - we had tankless in PHX and loved it! we had to add some electrical  AZDemDist6   Aug-06-07 03:37 PM   #35 
  - I would think twice about gas. It's going away along with the oil.  phantom power   Aug-06-07 05:30 PM   #37 
  - Tankless gas-powered  SimpleTrend   Aug-06-07 05:27 PM   #36 
  - It appears that no one is recommending a solar hot water heater.  NNadir   Aug-06-07 09:54 PM   #41 
  - Probably poor engineering,  SimpleTrend   Aug-07-07 04:10 PM   #43 
  - pH 8.1?  NNadir   Aug-07-07 08:04 PM   #45 
     - In all fairness,  SimpleTrend   Aug-07-07 08:41 PM   #46 
        - Your knowledge of chemistry is somewhat better than you think it is.  NNadir   Aug-08-07 07:38 PM   #50 
  - As a general rule, Solar water heatings work best if design as part of the home  happyslug   Aug-08-07 04:26 PM   #49 
  - You mean solar energy is only for wealthy people?  NNadir   Aug-08-07 08:19 PM   #51 
     - Something costing a good bit of money does not mean it is for the Wealthy.  happyslug   Aug-09-07 03:36 PM   #53 
  - Everyone is recommending coal and natural gas hot water heaters  bananas   Aug-09-07 08:43 AM   #52 
  - My conclusion is that "tankless" are a good idea in a region with a short heating season  TheBorealAvenger   Aug-08-07 01:28 PM   #47 
  - Tankless gas water heater + teenagers = higher gas bills.  hunter   Aug-08-07 02:05 PM   #48 
 

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