Thursday, April 28, 2016

seeking feedback on tankless water heaters

See this 04-28-2016 message from a condo household at the Madison Condos:


We are looking into installing a tankless hot water heater in our condo -- the new space-saving alternative to the conventional water heaters. We were wondering if anyone in Bloomingdale has had any notable experiences with these things.

7 comments:

  1. I would absolutely do it! Such a space saver...

    Be sure to get one that heats a sufficient amount of flow. The Ecosmart 27 should be more than enough for a condo and comes at a great price point. With an inlet temp of 47-52 degrees, that unit heats 3.17 GPM.

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  2. We just moved into a place with one and it seems to be working out great so far :)

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  3. I have a neighbor with one in a 3bdr 2 bath home with two adults living and dishwasher and laundry and seems to be good for them

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  4. We had a Rinnai gas-powered tankless installed two years ago when renovating our bloomingdale rowhouse and LOVE IT. It is amazing. One note of caution - did a lot of research on this before buying and observed that people with electric tankless water heaters had lots and lots of problems with them. I'd stay away from electric and make sure you get one that's gas-powered.

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  5. Absolutely do it. What type are you getting? Some issues with it we had was that DC has HARD water, and you need a filter (water softener). With the filter, you can just change the filter periodically, every 4 yrs perhaps, else tank may be damaged. In a period of 9 years, we've had to replace the tankless tanks (heating tank) twice, and so have all of our neighbors in the condo unit.
    I hope this helps.

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  6. Hi thanks for the info. For your Ecosmart 27 did you have to have an electrician increase the amperage of your electric panel? Just trying to get a feel for the amount of work / cost that might entail. Our condo has a 100 amp panel, and I think that water heater requires a 200 amp rating? Thanks, Tom

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  7. Hi folks, thanks so much for your comments. Very helpful. In addition to Tom's question about the need to upgrade amperage (our condo has no gas service), I'm curious if anyone running an electric tankless water heater experienced a significant increase in their Pepco bill?

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