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Old 09-25-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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Time to replace hot water tank - options

My home has a hot water tank. It is connected to my home heating furnace/boiler (oil). Since the tank has been corroding and showing signs of leaking, my plumber suggested I replace it.

He said my options are
- replace the hot water tank
- get an electric water heater
- run the water through my existing furnace/boiler

He says that running the water through my furnace is the common way to do it. He seemed a little surprised that I even had a hot water tank.

Do any of you have any suggestions? How do I make the decision. The most expensive option seems to be replacing the hot water tank with a new one.

Thanks in advance.


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Old 09-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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Option 3 still requires a tank and a heat exchanger. SO go with option 1 and call a different plumber.


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Old 09-26-2013, 06:32 AM   #3
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If I understand you your hot water comes from your heater which is called a summer winter hookup.

I would just install an electric water heater and cap off the domestic lines at the heater.

Depending where you live you usually can shut off your main heater several months a year saving mucho oil.

Always get several quotes before a major expenditure.
No Warranty Means- If it breaks in half you get to keep both halves.

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