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kentannenbaum 07-12-2010 07:25 AM

old house due for hot water update?
We bought a circa 1900 house in which the hot water is generated from a 20yr old furnace. It all works fine, no an issue except that in showering, temp has to be adjusted by turning the cold water down slowly as the shower progresses. No real problem as we don't run out of hot water. I've read a reservoir tank can be added to the furnace OR that an separate hot water tank can be added. Is one significantly better than the other and would either change the temp control issue during showering? Maybe one thing has nothing to do with the other? Thanks very much.

Alan 07-12-2010 09:12 AM

A reservoir would only work I think if you had a pump on the line to circulate the water through the furnace, otherwise your tank is only going to be storing cold water. I don't know what kind of furnace you have, or anything about your system either, this may not be efficient at all. You'd also need an aquastat in the tank to tell the pump to turn off when the tank reached desired temp.

Maybe someone else will have a better idea.

kentannenbaum 07-12-2010 09:30 AM

Thanks for the reply. By "reservoir" I mean the furnace currently provides heat as well as provides hot water. It's designed that way. Probably, the correct way to ask about this is that a another zone would need to be installed with a holding tank for the hot water alone OR a stand alone hot water tank could be installed. Hopefully that's more clear in my question.

Scuba_Dave 07-12-2010 09:55 AM

Where are you located ?
What fuel source ?

kentannenbaum 07-12-2010 09:57 AM

Catskill, NY.......oil furnace.

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