TO TANK OR NOT TO TANK- YOUR HOT WATER NEEDS

WITH CURRENT PUBLIC TRENDING TOWARDS A TANKLESS WATERHEATER SOCIETY, THE POPULAR CHOICE TO REPLACE YOUR CURRENT UNIT IS WIDESPREAD. THERE ARE,

HOWEVER, A FEW CONCERNS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON.

1) IS YOUR CURRENT UNIT AT LEAST 8 YEARS OLD AND OR EXHIBITING A MECHANICAL PROBLEM- IF NOT- UNLESS THERE IS AN AMAZING TAX BREAK CURRENTLY TO GO TANKLESS- WE RECCOMEND THAT YOU WAIT UNTIL THAT TIME OR CONDITION PRESENTS.

2) HOW MANY ARE IN YOUR FAMILY- ALTHOUGH TANKLESS UNITS HAVE ENDLESS HOT WATER CAPABILITY, THERE ARE VOLUME LIMITATIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR WIFE DECIDES TO FILL THE GARDEN TUB WHILE WASHING THE BABIES DIAPERS ON THE HOT CYCLE. THE FAUCET ON MOST DECK MOUNTED TUB FAUCETS IS A HIGH FLOW UNIT DESIGNED TO FILL THAT TUB QUICKLY AND DEPENDING ON THE DESIRED TUB TEMPERATURE, IT ALONE CAN MAX OUT THE LARGEST RESIDENTIAL TANKLESS UNIT CAPABILITIES AND IN THAT SENARIO THE WASHER AND OR THE TUB FAUCET RECIEVES TEPID WATER- OF COURSE A TANKED UNIT HAS CAPACITY LIMITATIONS DEPENDING ON THE GALLON SIZE- OUR GOAL HERE IS THAT YOU REAIZE THAT THERE ARE VOLUME LIMITATIONS ON ALL TANKLESS UNITS.

3) HOW LONG REALISTICALLY WILL YOU STAY IN YOUR HOME- THE PROCUREMENT COST OF A RESIDENTIAL TANKLESS UNIT VERSUS THE MONTHLY ENERGY SAVINGS EQUATES TO 4.5-7 YEARS FOR THE END USER TO BREAK EVEN ON THE INITIAL COST AS IT IS MUCH MORE INVOLVED TO INSTALL-AKA- SUBSTANTIAL ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT REQUIRED FOR AN ELECTRICAL TANKLESS VERSUS TANKED-AKA- LOAD CALCULATIONS ON CURRENT GAS USEAGE MAY REQUIRE SUBSTANTIAL GAS PIPING UPGRADES-AKA-NEW EXHAUST PIPING REQUIRED ON GAS TANKLESS AS IT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE TANKED UNITS EXHAUST PIPING- AKA- ADDITIONAL PERMIT FEES-

4) DOWN THE ROAD SHOULD YOUR TANKLESS UNIT NEED REPAIR- INTERNAL REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR GAS OR ELECTRIC UNITS ARE MUCH HARDER TO GET AND USUALLY NOT ON SERVICE PLUMBERS TRUCK CAUSING YOUR FAMILY TO NOT HAVE HOT WATER UNTIL THE PARTS CAN BE OVERNIGHTED- COMPARED TO TANKED UNITS- ALL REPUTABLE SERVICE PLUMBERS HAVE ALL COMMON PARTS ON THEIR TRUCK TO CIRCUMVENT ALL COMMON PROBLEMS ON GAS OR ELECTRIC TANKED UNITS

WE HOPE THIS INFORMATION IS HELPFUL IN YOUR WATERHEATER REPLACEMENT DECISION

Bill Grant- MASTER PLUMBER- OWNER asapmb@aol.com

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