No Natural Gas? Hot Water Heating Options.
LESLIE: Talking tankless with Mike. What can we do for you?
MIKE: Yeah, I only have a 50-gallon water heater and I’m in a family of four and I’m the only guy …
TOM: OK. (Leslie chuckles)
MIKE: … so that means that by the time I get to take a shower I’m taking a nice cold one.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) You get the shortest, coldest shower.
MIKE: Oh, yeah. I was wondering – now I’ve heard your programs before about the tankless heaters but I think they’re related to gas and I don’t have gas in my neighborhood, so I’m looking for an electric tankless.
TOM: Do you have liquid propane? Do you have LP gas?
MIKE: Not at the house currently.
TOM: OK, because you could put in an LP gas water heater; you don’t necessarily have to have natural gas. But I will say that we do not recommend electric tankless water heaters because they’re just not efficient and there’s a lot of complaints about whether or not they can do the job. Gas water heaters, natural gas or LP – fabulous, recommend them all day long; would love to have one myself. But electric tankless – not so much.
MIKE: OK. That was going to be another question. Yeah, every now and then when I do get a chance to have hot water, sometimes it is nice to have it like a steam shower to relax in. (Leslie chuckles)
TOM: What you might want to think about doing is replacing that …
LESLIE: Wake up earlier.
TOM: Yeah, or replace that 50 – replace the 50-gallon water heater with a 75-gallon next time out and then also put it on a timer so it only runs like in the morning when you need it and then in the evening when you need it and not so much in the middle of the night or the middle of the day.
MIKE: Thank you, sir.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.