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Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater #242992
07/16/07 09:33 AM
07/16/07 09:33 AM
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sakurasan Offline OP
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I was hoping I could get some advice on choosing a hot water heater - type and capacity (how many gallons). We are a family of 2 adults and 1 toddler, looking to add a hot water heater so that we can warm up the shower/bath water as needed, and have hot water for dishes and some laundry loads. We also have 1 or 2 visitors here every so often so I'd like to get enough capacity to cover their needs too. I also have no clue about whether to go with electric or gas. How much electric does the thing actually use? Is gas really worth it? Any suggestions/helpful hints would be so much appreciated!!

Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: sakurasan] #243018
07/16/07 02:53 PM
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catdance62 Offline
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The ön-demand"hot water heaters are great! They cost a little more initially, but it sure does pay for itself in the long run.

Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: catdance62] #243024
07/16/07 04:21 PM
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sakurasan Offline OP
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hmmm could you elaborate on "on demand"? Is that what I would ask 4 in the store; what's the diff btwn that and a regular one? are the readily available here in belize? thxx so much for the input! oh any suggestion on the capcity? I was thinking of 12-20 gal would be sufficient for what we need.

Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: sakurasan] #243028
07/16/07 06:01 PM
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The hot water heater is tankless. It plugs into a wall socket and heats the water with electricity instantly.

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Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: H20dog] #243041
07/16/07 11:45 PM
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They also make tankless water heaters that run on butane. Much cheaper to operate and some require no electricity at all. they sell them in spanish Lookout.

Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: dabunk] #243356
07/22/07 07:02 AM
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A salesman approached me last month about appliances and gave me his business card. He is a Kenmore dealer (Sears brand), so he may have hot water heaters as well. You'll have to research his credentials yourself as I have no knowledge of this company, but I thought I would pass on the info. Good luck.

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Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: cakelee] #243421
07/22/07 08:13 PM
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Tankless is the way to go. Otherwise, you will be replacing that hot water tank every 2-3 years as the bottom rusts out!

Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: cayegirl] #243424
07/22/07 09:27 PM
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I installed a tank less – on demand system in California five years ago. It was amazing. Here I have a solar system that gets the water really hot.

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Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: ScubaLdy] #243570
07/25/07 09:22 AM
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We have the Tiny Titan that you can get at Loews hardware in the U.S. It is in a plastic case, so it never rusts and in 12 years we've only had to replace the heating element and thermostat once. It is an on demand water heater, electric, and serves the whole upstairs of our building which has 8 bedrooms, 4 baths and 3 kitchens. Its about a 1 foot cube.

Re: Advice on Choosing a Hot Water Heater [Re: silkpainter] #243596
07/25/07 12:30 PM
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If you back flush them from time to time they last much longer. Sediment on the bottom causes over heating, wasted energy, and rusting.

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