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Smallish (30 gallon) conventional HW Heater has power, but shows no signs of life. Is there any other troubleshooting or fix that could be done, or do you just buy a new one?
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Smallish (30 gallon) conventional HW Heater has power, but shows no signs of life. Is there any other troubleshooting or fix that could be done, or do you just buy a new one?
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There is power to the elements. They may need to be replaced.
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If it's 5 years old I would replace it.
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If it's 5 years old I would replace it.

Yes, mulling that over. It's in my separate building I use for a wood shop and gets very spotty use. Looking at some of these low priced tankless units at Lowe's/Home Depot.
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Yes, mulling that over. It's in my separate building I use for a wood shop and gets very spotty use. Looking at some of these low priced tankless units at Lowe's/Home Depot.
The one you just put in the hot water line. Sounds like a plan if it gets little use.
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Yes, mulling that over. It's in my separate building I use for a wood shop and gets very spotty use. Looking at some of these low priced tankless units at Lowe's/Home Depot.
Do note their fairly high power requirements.

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Do note their fairly high power requirements.

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As opposed to 30 gal at temp 24/7??
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As opposed to 30 gal at temp 24/7??
As in total current draw may be more then the current wiring can handle. The whole point of a tank is to spread out the load over time, so that it's not so demanding on infrastructure.

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As in total current draw may be more then the current wiring can handle. The whole point of a tank is to spread out the load over time, so that it's not so demanding on infrastructure.

Cheers!
so it comes down to gal. per week, I guess.
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so it comes down to gal. per week, I guess.
Yes. You either heat it over an hour or 2 in a tank or over the few seconds as it passes the heater.

The instant is less wasteful, but it also requires lots of current for a very short time. As long as the OP keeps an eye out for that, they should be OK.

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I think you could take new.
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