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Old 12-12-2007, 11:15 PM   #1
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come tax season i was thinking about buying one of those tankless water heaters. they are very efficient. and supposed to pay them selves within a couple years. ive been researching them a lil bit, but dont know a whole lot about them. i am curious to know if anyone here has one. looking for some feedback.
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I've got a friend with one. He'* happy with it. I plan on getting one next time I have to buy a water heater.
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Same here....don't have one myself but knew someone who did. If I planned on staying at my current home for more than 5-7 yrs, I'd get one for sure.
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do you know how well it keeps up with multiple items running?

i doubt you would bc it ur freinds, but do you know the gpm on it?
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I don't - not in contact with the friend anymore (ex-boyfriend who moved to Iraq to work a few years back).

Maybe John can get info from his friend. That was a concern of mine too, but I figured by the time I buy one, they'd have all the bugs worked out.
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You can get models that will keep up with a free flow of water, making your hot water endless.
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Sometimes having smaller auxillary units helps as well. These things are pretty much how it'* done in Europe..
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Crystal'* parents just got one installed not that long ago, and they love it. Only thing is you have to turn the hot water tap on full in order to get that unit fired up, but after that, it'* just like a regular tank. Seems fine to me when taking a shower, lol.
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A co-worker of mine who helped me with my motor swap has one. It'* only him & his wife at their house and he is very happy with the investment.
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My parents have one. It takes a few seconds longer to put out hot water, but once it starts, it keeps up very well, and can even keep up with several appliances at once.
The only thing you don't want to do is take a shower while appliances or another shower are running. There'* a little lag in reaction to volume change that can leave you with freezing cold or boiling hot water for a second or two. You get used to that quickly and learn how to avoid it, though. One solution to that is to run two heaters, one for the bathrooms, and one for the kitchen and washroom. Otherwise, just don't run the wash while you're showering...
I gotta tell you, though, two-hour boiling hot showers makes it worth the investment. And you wallet will thank you, too. My parents have saved a MASSIVE amount on their gas bill...
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