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Water Heaters; more than just Tankless

Posted On: May 16, 2010 | Posted By: Rocksteady Plumbing

Tankless water heaters are great, don’t get me wrong.  They provide nearly limitless amounts of hot water and can lower your gas bill significantly by not heating and re-heating stored water.  Even though they sound great, they’re not optimal for every situation.  Tankless water heaters have become a “buzz” in the plumbing world and dare I say it, a new fad.  Don’t blindly convert your conventional tank-style water heater to a tankless without considering the other available options.  There are lots of choices when it comes to high efficiency water heaters and the list is growing almost daily.

Here’s a couple of high recovery/efficiency gas water heaters that are currently available, I’ll write more about each one in the next few days.

Don’t fret if you’re not in the market for a gas water heater.  Electric tankless water heaters have been available for a long time but are very impractical for most retrofit applications due to the enormous current draw and need for 3 dedicated 220v breakers.  Often, the typical residential home doesn’t have room on the panel for the needed upgrade.  Heat pump water heaters are now making a big impact in the water heater market.  I’ll go over them later…

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