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Old 02-04-2020, 08:10 AM
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Other than the first few years here in TV where we had a tank heater ee’ve had nothing but tankless heaters for almost twenty years in three different homes. They operated very efficiently and without maintenance incident. I wouldn’t have anything else!

A couple of key points:

- They are more expensive to install initially, most having to do with the plumbing changes required for hook up. But once installed, the savings in operating costs quickly begin to repay that expense. You’ll see an immediate decline in your gas bill.

- Be sure you choose a model with enough capacity for your needs. The models we chose, while more expensive, could provide enough continuous hot water to serve two showers, the wash machine and dishwasher simultaneously! The tankless heaters are rated at how quickly they heat water from ambient temperature to your desired hot water temperature. Ambient water temp here in FL is a LOT warmer than in Michigan and Illinois where we were more than satisfied with the tankless units we had installed there.

- Hot water is provided at the heater almost instantaneously. However, like the tanked heater if you have long water lines from the heater to your faucet or shower, they have to be ‘filled’ with hot water before it is provided at the faucet itself. There should be no change between tanked or tankless if they are installed at the same location.

- Do your research, shop for sales. We had a Rannai installed here in TV by Allan Curry Plumbing. They also ‘descaled’ the unit about every 3-4 years. But if you want greater long-term confidence in a dealer, tankless heaters are sold and installed by both Lowes and Home Depot as well as most big box appliance dealers.
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