Water Temperature Issues
LESLIE: Fred has got a plumbing question. Let’s see what we can do for him.
FRED: Yes. I live in a 1933 house and I installed a tankless water heater a couple of years ago.
FRED: My primary complaint is in the winter time not being able to get hot water in any kind of immediate fashion when I want to wash my hands and the water is really cold.
FRED: And the plumbing to the house is such that it takes quite a while for the hot water to reach all the different faucets.
TOM: OK, the tankless water heater is not going to solve that problem. That’s a problem of the distance between the water-heating appliance – be it a tankless water heater or a tank water heater – and the actual fixture.Now, the way a tankless water heater could help you is if you zoned it. Because a tankless water heater is so small and it’s so easy to install in places that a tanked water heater would not fit, if you were to put a second tankless water heater closer to the bathrooms and create a second zone, then it would get there that much quicker. But it’s a factor of the distance.
FRED: I guess that’s what I’ll have to do to remedy the situation.
TOM: Alright, Fred. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.