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Old 08-20-2016, 10:15 PM   #16
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that could work but I live in Canada.

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My grandparents got away with a 20 gallon 120v for 30 years. They took showers, just not long ones, better for the septic system that way.

Try a mobile home parts distributor for a better selection than Orange or Blue.
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Please note the OP is in Canada - where the rules, and the equipment, differ a bit.

The panel shown is a Canadian FPE. I don't think 'tandem' breakers are available for them.

It might be possible to 'feed through' the panel to feed a separate panel / disconnect for a new 240v heater. I don't like it- what the OP clearly needs is a proper service change. There has already been too much hacking going on.

I believe that meter base is limited to 60 amps. Without air conditioning, that ought to be enough. Still, a new service would likely replace the whole mess with a single panel that mounts it all -meter, main disco, breakers- in one box.

As for water heater size ... I love long showers. I found a 30-gal. 240v unit to be plenty. Would a 120v unit work? Probably not, and I'll explain why.

Besides gross capacity - how much water they can store- water heaters are rated by their 'recovery' times. That is, how fast they heat the water. The only way to heat faster is by putting more energy into it sooner. You do that with MORE volts and amps, not less.

I'll bet - as another suggested- that a 'mobile home' heater was used. Apart from a real plumbing house, I'd check places that cater to the mobile home / RV market for a replacement.
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I have decided that 20 gallons should be enough. Now I just need to shop around locally and find something in that range at 120 volts.
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A good way to conserve water while showering is too have a shutoff on the showerhead. You can get them integral to the shower head, as an adapter that will go between the gooseneck and head, or they can be plumbed into the riser.

Take a "navy shower". Get in, wet down,shut it off. Lather up, flip the water back on, rise off.

A navy shower, or modified navy will save a bunch of water (hot and cold) as compared to having the water running the whole time you are in there. The quick shut off valve makes a lot easier vs having to readjust for temp.
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that could work but I live in Canada.
I didn't trace the link on that image but thought that Reliance is a Canadian company. Anyway, here's another link to a company based out of Edmonton.

http://thefurnacecompany.com/product...er-heaters.cfm
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