You folks are amazing!
Reader Jeanne Vasquez asked a few weeks ago about tankless water heaters. I asked you to tell us your experiences.
I can run only a few of the 78 responses I received within the first 24 hours. Here are some:
▪ We went tankless in our house a few years ago, when we had to replace our old water heater. I think we would do it again. We’ve not had any problems with it, but there are a couple caveats.
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Due to the location move (tankless is mounted near gas line/exhaust and wall), it takes longer for the hot water to reach faucet than it did with the more centrally located water heater.
We might have considered adding an instant-on hot-water setup to one of the sinks if we had realized that, but we could always do that later.
The other thing is to consider the impact of a power outage. We don’t have a backup generator, and thankfully our power is reliable, but you have to keep in mind that it uses electricity and could be affected in an extended power outage.
The prospect of never running out of hot water, and efficiency as far as heating, have been good. — Bill King
▪ We have had a tankless heater in our beach cottage for 11 years. We use the cottage off and on all year long.
It is great not waiting for the water to heat up and having hot water no matter how many people shower or how long. There is also the added advantage of not having to worry about or pay for a large tank leaking or heating when we don’t need it. — Susan Bevilacqua
▪ In a word, don’t.
My home came equipped with a Rinnai R75LS. In addition to it taking forever for hot water to come out of even the nearest faucets, I have a problem every summer.
Taking a hot shower is fine, but when I try to take a cooler shower, the hot shuts off completely, and I am left with cold water. I then have to shut it off completely, turn it back on to hot and finish.
Any energy savings are eaten up by increased water usage. When the tankless goes, I am definitely going back to a tank. — Linda Wenstrom