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12-31-2012 09:07 PM  5 years agoPost 1
TheHud

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My house is heated with radiant heat from hot water pipes running under my floors. I am on well water. I have an Orlan 40 wood burning boiler to heat the water. I also have a fuel oil boiler that kicks on if I let the fire go out in the wood burner. Our hot water for our in home use (two bathrooms, dishwasher/washing machine, family of 5) is also heated off this system. Hot water from boiler goes into hot water heater, coils around in home use water tank to heat water, then back to boiler to reheat. In the summer we do not burn wood to heat house so fuel oil kicks on to heat in house hot water supply. We burn wood Sept thru April for heating the home and water, then rely on fuel oil for hot water only in summer.

I believe we are developing a problem with our in home use hot water tank. Getting a hot rubber/plastic smell from our water when running hot water. Plumber is coming Weds (Jan 2) to check things out. I am trying to figure out, if I have to replace tank, should I keep system the way it is, or perhaps move to an electric tankless water heater for the house, which would run electric year around, removing fuel oil costs over the summer. This last summer we were running $150-$200 per month in fuel oil.

Anyone have much experience with the tankless water heaters, or any plumbers have recommendations?

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12-31-2012 09:41 PM  5 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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Tankless hot water heater "IMO" are the best, It will be my next choice when my hot water tank goes bad. I also have radiant heat in my house, Luv it! I have a Trinity boiler on the wall that does my whole house and garage on NG for about $100 a month! Year around bill on budget with gas and electric is $155 month, my thermostat is on 77F in the winter 24/7.

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01-01-2013 12:47 AM  5 years agoPost 3
SSMKN2

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Had an on demand tankless water heater in my last house. If I had Nat gas in Georgia I'd darn sure have one again. They are awesome, less hassle than a tank and much more efficient. If I were you I'd upgrade and never look back.

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01-01-2013 02:50 AM  5 years agoPost 4
lfalsetto

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Which is the best Tankless that you would recommend? What about venting? Can you go through the same vent that a tank water heater uses?

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01-01-2013 01:30 PM  5 years agoPost 5
Oracus

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You said your on well water so do you have a softener? If not a tankless/instant heater wont last long on that water.

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01-01-2013 06:25 PM  5 years agoPost 6
rcmike

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Not all well water is the same. Around here it can vary from one house to the next sometimes.

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01-01-2013 08:16 PM  5 years agoPost 7
TheHud

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We have a filter on the line coming in the house. GE model GXWH35F

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01-03-2013 02:41 PM  5 years agoPost 8
beidle99

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Unless something change in the tankless hot water market in the last 6 months, you probably don't want a electric tankless. They need a 150amp service just for its self. That means most homes would need an upgrade to a 400 amp service. I would just get a large high quality electric tank (bradford white 60 gallon) if you were going to change the system.

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