(Closed) Need Help Finding a New Water Heater

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which Water Heater Type Would You Recommend?
    A gas-heated tank water heater (Should I ask about having shut-off/drainage in case of failure?) : (3 votes)
    38 %
    A gas-heated tankless/on-demand water heater : (4 votes)
    50 %
    Something else (explain below) : (1 votes)
    13 %
    What's a water heater? Doesn't water just come out hot or cold from the sink? Huh? ;) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    is your water heater located on the bottom level of your home?

    Post # 4
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I voted for tankless only because I hate running out of hot water.  With on demand, you always have hot water.   As far as cost for running it, it probably isn’t going to be too much different since the cost of natural gas is pretty cheap right now.   It might be a little cheaper with tankless with just 2 of you in the house.  With tankless, the water is only heated on demand whenever you need it.   But it has to be heated really hot really fast which uses a lot of energy at once. With fewer people in the house, the less hot water you use, so the less energy you use.  With the regular tank, you are heating water all day and all night so it’s already hot when you want to use it.   It uses less energy at one time because it heats the water more slowly.   So if you have a large family, it might be cheaper this way.   But again with the price of natural gas right now, it’s not going to be all that much different.  

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    There’s a lot of debate about tankless vs regular and the cost benefit. General wisom says that it takes a looooooong time (years and years and years) for the cost of the tankless to be overcome by its efficiency. I’d only get one if I wanted to be in my house for the long haul. You likely won’t see any return on it when you sell – unless that is the gold standard amongst comps in your area and you don’t have any other advantage to cancel it out.

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My dad just got tank less, it was only a few hundred more than his replacing his big old tank. Now I am after Darling Husband to replace ours too. Once you see the difference in how fast you get hot water, you will not regret it.

    Post # 7
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    1014 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We love our tankless, replaced a traditional water heater about 4 years ago. Our gas bill is super low, it’s only my husband and I, but it was more money upfront to purchase. Luckily my dad and husband were able to install it and do the venting through the roof themselves because  having to pay to have it all done would have been a major major expense. Just keep the installation and new venting costs in mind since it may not seem like a huge difference in cost, but it can really add up.

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