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Old 12-23-2009, 07:17 AM   #31
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I use the whirlpool maybe a few times a year. Installer is coming out next week. I really have to think about it. The 50 gal unit is only $80 more, but if it's overkill, then maybe not worth it.

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Old 12-23-2009, 07:30 AM   #32
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True. Maintaining 10 gallons of extra water at temp. If you never need to tap that extra 10 gallons of water. Will cost you what ever 12 therms a year cost you. To maintain it.

Over 15 years it will use an extra 180 therms if you never use it.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:30 AM   #33
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I agree with the small tank thinking. The AFUE of WH's is based on total efficieny. Off time losses are always there so if a 40 gallion will work most of the time (maybe 90% or more), sacrificing the other 10 seems like a small price to pay. Someone's shower or clothes washing might have to wait a little. Recovery rate is more important I think. One of the reasons to replace an old heater, even one not leaking, is that over time the lime build up acts as a insulator and you need more gas to heat your water than you used to. Tough to call from here on your lifestyle but that's what it really comes down to.
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:24 PM   #34
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The four of us rarely take showers in a row. My kids usually go in the evening and my wife and I usually go in the morning. Well, we started to this afternoon. My two kids went first and then I went. At the beginning of my shower, I could tell that the hot water was going away. I made it through my normal shower with hot water, although the handle was turned all the way. I told my wife to wait it out a little bit Should I go with the 50 gallon unit?
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:29 PM   #35
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If your wife doesn't mind waiting. You now know that she will have to wait to take her shower with a 40 gallon if you all take a show one after the other.

Although it may only happen on rare occasions. It is nice to be able to do one after the other.

I still say 50 like I did earlier.
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:37 PM   #36
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Go for it 50 GAL all the way no waiting no scheduling, hot water all day and night long who cares about the bills, I got hot water.

Now that's what you wanted to hear so there.
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Go for it 50 GAL all the way no waiting no scheduling, hot water all day and night long who cares about the bills, I got hot water.
1 to 2 bucks a month for the extra 10 gallons of storage.

People buying plasma TV's will pay more then that for the extra electricity a plasma uses.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:49 PM   #38
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It's all done folks. I had the hot water heater installed today. 50 gallon BW high efficiency hot water heater, model #M45036FBN. $880 less a $50 mail in rebate from PECO. Net $830. Not bad at all. I got a few other price quotes and they were over $1,000. It's small, local family owned HVAC business that was recommended to me. Great service!
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Awesome! Glad the advice here was of some use to you Happy (hot) New Year!
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:14 PM   #40
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1 to 2 bucks a month for the extra 10 gallons of storage.

People buying plasma TV's will pay more then that for the extra electricity a plasma uses.
Let me see UH Plasma TVs I thought this was a hot water heater thread, don't know how the Plasma issue came up. Oh well Sony or Samsung I'll have to think about that.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:15 PM   #41
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Congratulations walds can't go wrong with PECO.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #42
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Congrats.

Now go enjoy a long hot shower.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:23 PM   #43
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Well, maybe I am not done. I was down in the basement just a little while ago and noticed some water coming from under the hot water heater. Anything that I should be concerned about? I will be calling the HVAC guy first thing tomorrow morning.
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Concerned? Your kidding right? I'd be dialing 1-800- get your butt over NOW! (but that's just me). Good luck.
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Would you consider this an emergency? It's not gushing water. I did check it out a few days ago and there was no water.

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