Choosing a Tankless Water Heater
LESLIE: Jim in Washington has a question about tankless water heaters. What can we do for you?JIM: Well, I’m planning on remodeling my home in the near future and the water heater now – it’s a propane heater – is about 20 years old, so I’m expecting it just to go at any minute.
TOM: That’s probably a reasonable expectation. What kind of water heater is it?
JIM: It’s white and it’s old. (chuckles) (Tom and Leslie chuckle)
TOM: What’s the fuel, though? What’s the fuel, Jim?
JIM: Oh, I’m sorry. It is propane.
TOM: It’s propane. OK.
LESLIE: Propane works for tankless, right?
TOM: Yeah, it sure does. Tankless water heaters would be a really good option for you. That’s the high-tech way of the future and they work fantastic. You have a lot of advantages because, first of all, they only heat the water when you need it, which is a huge advantage over the old-fashioned water heaters that heated a lot …
TOM: Yeah, it heated continuously including when you don’t need it.
LESLIE: They take up far less room.
JIM: Fantastic. Yeah.
TOM: And you can control the temperature very easily. Usually, there’s a thermostat where you can dial it up and dial it down very, very simply and they do run on propane. So I think tankless water heaters would be a great option. There’s a website I want you to take a look at. It’s SmarterHotWater.com.
JIM: Got it.
TOM: SmarterHotWater.com. That’s the website for the Rheem folks who have been a sponsor of the program over the last year and they make a really good product. And they’ve got a very informative site there; you can learn about the different options and try to figure out which size you’d need for your house.
JIM: Fantastic. Appreciate the information.
TOM: You’re welcome, Jim. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.