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Our water heater is from the early 90s, and it's time to replace it before it goes bad. They aren't designed to last this long, and it's just a matter of time before the bottom rusts out and floods our basement. So we're going to replace it this year with our income tax return. Does anyone have any experience with tankless heaters?

It seems like a pretty good deal - they're more expensive, but they cost less to operate and give you pretty much unlimited hot water. And since we're going to have teenagers within the next decade, it seems smart. 

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Luckily our water heater was a year old when we bought it house. From what I've heard tankless systems don't offer a huge advantage over regular units. They're suppose to just longer, but not long enough to make up for the cost.

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10 minutes ago, Metropolis said:

Luckily our water heater was a year old when we bought it house. From what I've heard tankless systems don't offer a huge advantage over regular units. They're suppose to just longer, but not long enough to make up for the cost.

The main benefits I’m looking at are size and amount of hot water. We are already at a point where we run out of hot water in the middle of showers, but I don’t want to replace our tank with an even bigger one. Especially since current tanks are better insulated and therefore already bigger than what we currently have.

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Yes-- because it is in line it heats the water as it comes through. Water gets hot fast and stays hot forever. Both places I've had it, it was already installed, so I couldn't give you a 1 to 1 comparison of life before and after in comparison to a tank heater.

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16 minutes ago, Fozzie said:

The main benefits I’m looking at are size and amount of hot water. We are already at a point where we run out of hot water in the middle of showers, but I don’t want to replace our tank with an even bigger one. Especially since current tanks are better insulated and therefore already bigger than what we currently have.

We have a 40 gallon gas unit and have never had that problem. A couple of my neighbors have thought about it, but ultimately ended up getting new tank heaters.

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32 minutes ago, Metropolis said:

We have a 40 gallon gas unit and have never had that problem. A couple of my neighbors have thought about it, but ultimately ended up getting new tank heaters.

We have pretty limited space in our basement, and half of it is my office for the next year. So space is a huge factor, even if it’s just inches. But the fact that our heater is almost 30 years old may also contribute to running out of hot water.

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Yeah, here in San Antonio you have to get a water filtration system so it doesn't wreck the small unit that is a tankless water heater. My ex has one installed in his studio. He's had a couple of things happen. They tend to only last about 5 years if you don't invest in a water filtration system so he's on his second one and the last one had to be replaced because it caused a small fire in his studio. I'm pretty sure the fire was caused by bad install (my ex did the work not a certified plumber but they're not millionaires).

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Now that I think about it, I am torn.  If Tank isn't heating my water, then I'm sure it's being heated well, but, on the other hand, I am all for him doing manual labor for all of us.

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