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jamlm0

06:14AM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 02/05/07
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We are looking to get a tankless water heater. We have done some research on the internet but the quetions he has usually has doesn't appear in these websites that we have already searched. The main question that my husband has is how come track housing divisions are not going with the tankless waterheater and also if they are so good how come more people don't go and purchase them. We have an 1800 square foot home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths one bath has shower only and the other one has tub and shower. We have two sinks in one bathroom, the kitchen sink with a dishwasher and a sink in the laundry room. Can anyone out there tell us if it would be more cost effective for this household to have a tankless heater? By the way we are an all electric house except for the heater. Thanks for your input.

kareen

05:56PM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 02/05/07
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Hi! I've spoken with 3 people who have the Rinnai systems in their homes, and they all absolutely LOVE it!! BUT - our builder says he no longer puts them in because people complained thatt the annual maintenance for these units is so costly. These people I've spoken to who have the systems in their homes say, "Maintenance? What maintenance?" So I'm very confused! If annual maintenance (by a plumber) is actually required, maybe that's why you don't hear of more people installing the system. But I'm very curious if anybody out there has a definitive yes/no answer about whether maintenance is actually required for these tankless water systems? Thanks!

TimBonham

09:11PM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
"how come track housing divisions are not going with the tankless waterheater"

You must remember that tract home builders are interested in building the cheapest possible homes that they can sell. Tankless heaters are more expensive than the standard water heaters, and there are not very many buyers who demand them (some buyers, in fact, dislike them -- they want the tried-and-true water heaters).

So tract home builders aren't going to spend more on a feature that buyers won't pay extra for.
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