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Old 05-26-2008, 01:41 AM   #1
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Hi I am new here and would like some help when it comes to picking a new water heater.
My wife and I will be moving into a new house soon and the water heater needs replacing. We will be renting out the basement of the house so the hot water will have to supply 4 adults and 1 child. We are considering a tankless water heater and would like to know if this is a good option or not?

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While this might not give you the exact answer you're looking for, it's definitely info:
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Thanks for the link, it looks like there can be issues with the gas pipes not being big enough going into the house. I think it would be easier to go with a 40 gallon heater as a replacement over the current 33 gallon one and try and find a highly efficient one.
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Tankless water heaters generally support a much smaller flow of hot water than a tank heater. You would have to adapt to that. With 4 adults that could get difficult.

I like tankless water heaters (more efficient use of energy) but at the present I cannot afford them, since they are also 3 or more times as expensive as regular tank water heater to buy and install.
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I have 3 adults and two kids in my home and took out our gas water heater and put in electric tank less heaters.First the cost of the heaters was was 1/3 less then replacing the gas heater second the cost of installation was about 20 dollars for some copper tubing third the savings on my gas bill was like 60 dollars a month and my electric only went up 3 to 5 dollars.Now if your thinking of going this way you don't want to buy from a box store to much mark up go on line and buy from the maker or on ebay and get a deal.You also might want to consider getting two since you will be renting the basement and put it on a separate line.The only problems we have had with our tank less heaters is we have well water and at first the sediment was cutting the flow but a filter system fixed that ,oh and to much hot water if thats a problem. This is just my opinion I am sure others have had good results and others have had bad
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Thanks for the replies, it sounds like the tankless will be too costly and unable to provide water for the amount of users in the property.
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It does not make economic sense to buy a tankless water heater for most people at this time. But who knows about the future. In Europe and Asia, everyone uses tankless!
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I am originally from the UK and we had tankless there, its very popular. I think I will just go with a 40 gallon tank, anybody have any suggestions on a good gas model?
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AO Smith is very popular. I have a GE and have had excellent luck with it for 6 years now. Most name brands' units are comparable.

I'd suggest getting a 50 gallon gas unit. I wouldn't have an electric water heater on a bet.
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I will definately be going for a gas unit as the current one is gas. I think that if we were living in the house now I would get a tankless unit installed as I like the idea of it being energy efficient. For now a 50 gallon tanked water heater will have to do, now I just need to find a good cheap supplier in Canada.
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I was told by 3 of my plumbing suppliers here in the Wash DC area that cold water heaters will be increasing in price by as much as 30%! That will be nationally. So act fast if you are going to get anything...

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