It was a lucky thing that we decided to go out to dinner Sunday night. If we hadn't walked down to the garage, we may never have seen the river of water flowing from our water heater through our garage and out into the street.
I've always had it on my list to research tankless water heaters, but suddenly the choice was thrust upon me. If we wanted to try one, now might be the time to do it.
I spent the day today talking with plumbers, researching online. I still am not clear on the entire breadth of tankless water heater solutions, but I am clear enough to decide what we will install.
It went something like this:
Traditional plumber is wary of using tankless in our situation. It will require lots of new pipes (flue, water, gas, etc.), a longer install time and higher labor costs. Plus, he's skeptical the heater will provide for our 3 bathroom home.
Tankless expert claims they have heaters that will work very well in our home and have a way to install very simply and quickly (next day, just like the traditional guy!) Cost is almost 8 times more.
Needless to say, at this juncture we just need to go with the more affordable solution. There are many variables to choosing the right tankless system, and I hope we can do it someday.
Everyone I spoke agreed tankless water heaters are the way of the future. I wish I could afford to make the leap right now. There are federal tax rebates available for systems installed this year. Not to mention the savings to your utility bill (some claim your gas usage should drop by 30-40%)!
For the record, I'm not trying to talk anyone out of buying a tankless water heater. I'm only acknowledging that at this critical moment (I really do need to take a shower) it is out of my budget. Feel free to leave a comment on any experiences or research you've done on them. It will come in handy when I am finally in a position to make the switch.