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04:01PM | 09/25/05
Member Since: 05/29/05
4 lifetime posts
I recently built my home. We installed oil furnace with forced hot water and a "super store" hot water storage. With oil in this region (western Maine) costing about $2.50/gallon we have been using the woodstove to heat the house. The problem is the furnace still runs to heat our hot water. I couldn't believe it when I calculated that to heat our water with this set up it has been costing us about $110 a month! I am giving serious thought to an electic tankless set up. My question is how easy is it to retrofit my current set up to the tankless setup. What might I expect to pay a plumber to do this at say $60/hr? Would the installation be too difficult for me to undertake as a first time plumbing project? Any help would be greatly appreciated!



07:54PM | 09/26/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
For a first plumbing project, I think you would be in way over your head. A transition like this would be something, a professional would have to spend a few minutes figuring out. Try fixing faucets first and toilets. Then move to bigger items.

But, you are going to have some big costs up front. In addition to the cost of the unit, which will vary by region, you will have a substantial amount of retrofitting. Disconnecting from the heat exchanger and providing the 220 power will require coordination of the plumber and the electrician. But, the good news is you will save that cost in a relatively short period of time. 110 is way too much to heat water for a month.

Good Luck

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.

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