Jacuzzi Tankless water heater for Sale
By Reuben Saltzman In tankless water heaters On October 18, 2011
Tankless water heaters are sexy. They take up less floor space, they provide an endless flow of hot water, they’re environmentally conscious… and they’re really expensive. If you enjoy showing off your home’s mechanical equipment to your friends or you’re in to being green at any cost, get a tankless water heater. On the other hand, if you’re in to saving dough, doughn’t buy a tankless water heater.
A tankless water heater will not save you money.
I stopped by my local big orange box the other day to check up on the latest sales pitch for tankless water heaters. The brochure for tankless water heaters said they can save up to 25% in fuel costs. That sounds great, but lets examine what that means. I spend about $12 per month for natural gas during the non-heating season, if I don’t include my fixed fuel costs, such as the ‘fuel delivery charge.’ This figure includes the gas for my water heater, clothes dryer, and oven. Just for the sake of argument, lets also pretend that I don’t have a family of four who uses the clothes dryer all the time, and I don’t use the oven all the time. We’ll pretend that I spend the full $12 / month just to keep a 50 gallon tank of water hot all the time.
If I save 25%, I’ll save $3/month, or $36/year, or $720 over a period of 20 years. My standard 50 gallon water heater has a 12 year warranty, and so does the tankless water heater I looked at… but the life expectancy for a tankless water heater is apparently 20 years, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it will last that long.
Sizing a tankless water heater
The brochure on tankless water heaters said I should buy the largest tankless water heater they make, based on the number of bathrooms I have in my house – three. The particular model is the ECOH200DVN. This unit boasts a 9.5 gallon per minute flow rate at a 35 degree rise in temperature. With an average ground water temperature of 45 degrees here in Minnesota, that would give me… 80 degree water. Ha! That’s useless. To get 120 degree water, my flow rate would be reduced to 5.1 gallons per minute. Maybe I’ll need two water heaters. For the sake of argument, lets just say I only need one. This unit retails at my local Home Depot for $1, 427.00.
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