Tankless Water Heater

This past Saturday I walked down stairs to the basement to find my water heater leaking.  Fortuantely it wasn't a major blow out, but over the next couple of days it was slowly increasing in its output.  So this was an issue that needed to be dealt with sooner rather than later…

A couple of months ago Mary Lou and I talked to a guy at the Buffalo home show about tankless water heaters as we liked the idea of endless hot water.  We also liked the idea of moving to the "state of the art" in this exciting technology.  :)  The only tankless systems I had ever seen were smaller point of use units, but a while back I had heard that you could now get whole house units.  So at the show we did find that they were available and learned a bit about them.  This proved to be worth the time as we had to contemplate whether to switch to tankless or buy another standard tank unit.  It really comes down to cost versus life expectancy.  A tankless unit is 2-3 times the cost, but lasts 20-30 years where a standard tank only lasts 10-15 years.  (My tank heater was 12 years old so that seems about right.)  So in the end we opted to take the plunge and go with a Takagi T-K2 Tankless Water Heater.  And as a bonus we will get a $300 energy tax credit.  Only time will tell the wisdom of this choice…
May 31, 2006 @ 01:17 am | Category:
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