09:09AM | 07/07/04
Member Since: 07/06/04
1 lifetime posts
I purchased a home two years ago, and the previous owners lived half the year in the house and half out of state. The water heater was installed in 1987 and so far I have had no problems. It is an electric 50 gallon water heater. What is the usual life span of these? I am thinking about replacig it as a precautionary measure and wondering if this is prudent. Also it is 50 gallons, we have one bathroom, and two adults and one child in the house. there are two showers and one bath a day, two loads of laundry done, and no dishwasher. Is 50 gallons necessary? Or can I think about going the 40 gallon route. as it stands now we can do a load of laundry and then fill the tub with no loss of hot water at all.


08:19PM | 08/18/04
Member Since: 08/17/04
16 lifetime posts
You may want to look at a tankless water heater. These models are much more efficient than the tank heaters because they are only on when hot water is needed. Tank heaters keep the water at a constant temperature, even if you are not using it.

You will pay more up front but you will save a lot of money on your gas bills. If you consider purchasing a tankless water heater, you may need to reorganize your water habits, depending on the model you buy. In most cases you probably will not be running the clothes washer and taking a shower at the same time.

The great thing about this technology is, as long as you do not exceed the maximum gpm flow, you will never run out of hot water.

If you are interested, you can check out this site for more details.



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