I've been reading a lot about Tankless Water Heaters and it's been rather confusing. Has anyone from this Bulletin Board had any first hand experience with Tankless Water Heaters, and if so, what do you find to be the "real" pros and cons of such system. Can they reasonably accomodate the needs of a busy family of four? Your prompt reply is very much appreciated, the old one is on it's last leg! : (
There is a common misconception that a tankless heater cannot keep up with a high demand of hot water.These (and other heaters) are sized by estimated demand which figures that x number of people will be drawing x gallons of water.Very few ,if any,units will supply enough hot water if a family takes back to back 30 min. showers while washing clothes and running the dishwasher.Before you buy anything,someone should be sizing the unit to your application and they should be able to explain any possible limitations.
I love my tankless water heater. I intsalled a Takagi TK-1 this summer. I chose the Takagi because I have a large bathtub, and neede denough hot water throughput to fill it. The Takagi has more than met my expectations --- there's always plenty of hot water, and it can operate more than one hot water 'appliance' at a time. Get it, though, with the thermostat control --- the factory-set 140 degree water is too hot for appliances that don't mis hot and cold, like your dishwasher. Be careful about the smaller Aquastar heaters --- they're good, but don't have the same throughput and typically can only operate one hot water appliance at a time. The TK-1 is about $1,100 with thermostat and hanging bracket --- more than a tank type, but supposedly they have a much longer life.
Can anyone tell me if there is a way to get hot water faster from a tankless water heater ? Our new home is about 6000 square feet and we have problems with hot water ... It takes forever to get steaming hot water !! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated because we desperately need this thing to be fixed AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !!