Interesting thoughts on electric tankless heaters

Discussion in 'Tankless Water Heater Forum' started by MikeQ, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. MikeQ

    MikeQ New Member

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    The American manufacturer of Seisco has some interesting observations on real world residential water usage, cost comparisons of electric tankless vs. gas tank etc.

    While I can see some bias in the comparisons, overall I find it to be a valuable read and his observations closely match my experiences since I've converted one residence to electric tankless a year or so ago.

    I especially agree with his questioning of exactly how much peak hot water flow does a family really need to be happy. I know I am happier with the continuous 3 gpm of my electric tankless than I was running out of hot water with my 50 gallon tank heater. Also, extra cold supply water is often cited as prohibiting the option of electric tankless but it is often over-looked that extra cold supply water requires a tank style heater to be sized up as well. The 41 degree (year round) supply water at my 2nd home was a contributing factor as to why I was not happy with my tank heater.

    Anyway, for those interested:

    http://www.seisco.com/gas-vs-electric.html#

    Disclaimer: I am not familiar with Seisco water heaters, their reliability, etc. I only know what I've read on their website.
  2. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    If you need more Hot water than a 50 Gallon tank can provide, Then you need to change your water using habits.

    You are blessed to have any water at all.


    Just my thought...
  3. MikeQ

    MikeQ New Member

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    I agree but it's not just about me. It's not unusual for more than two residents or guests to bathe during the same part of the day and lets not even consider that there are dishes, towels, bedding and clothes that need to be washed . There are such things as families and guests.

    Also, 50 gallons of hot water in a tank is no longer hot after 30 gallons of 40 degree water rushes in.

    A steady stream of hot water allows more flexibility of when those chores are completed compared to having to wait for the water to get hot enough to complete your tasks (as anyone whose ever had to take a cold shower is painfully aware).
  4. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    That is why you need to share the shower.

    Tell your families and guests that you are saving water.

    That worked in the day, at the River.


    Who washes your back ? lol
  5. MikeQ

    MikeQ New Member

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    When I share a shower supplied by a traditional tank style water heater it always ends up icy cold before we are finished. ;)
  6. Robert Carter

    Robert Carter New Member

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    That's the Spirit.
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