was going to pass on further discussion of tankless
heaters until I received an email from Sandy Wardrop,
who offered a contrarian viewpoint.
had received a number of responses to my original query
about user experiences.
me in the ‘never again’ group," Wardrop said of
said the model was a big-name gas brand with no support
from a mini-tank — one that is put on a sink to boost
time you call for hot water, it emits a burst of gas
into the environment as gas is built up to heat the
you are hand-washing dishes, especially on holidays or
after large meals, you get instances of cold water
time you call for hot water, the heater pauses for five
to six seconds before it turns on to begin heating and
before emitting the burst.
"causes cold water to be sent through the pipes
cannot stop the shower to let hair conditioner work or
any other reason to try to conserve water, because the
heat cycle resumes and "you have really cold water
for 15 to 25 seconds until the hot water builds back up
and is piped into the bathroom," Wardrop said.
you try to have a cooler shower in summer, "there
is a very fine line between cool and cold as the heater
will shut off completely as you adjust
temperature," Wardrop said.
do have continuous hot water, but only if one
shower/appliance is in use, Wardrop said. If a second
shower begins, or the dishwasher, or the washing machine
comes on, the hot water is divided.
cannot see the advantage to tankless," Wardrop
said. "You waste water — another precious
resource — with the heat delay, pollute our air, and
the electrical unit works differently, at least not
directly polluting the air or has no need for a time
delay," Wardrop said.
the mini-tank, which keeps a small amount of water
always hot, would reduce the time delay before you get
hot water," Wardrop said.
were trying to be ‘green’ and do our bit, but this
tankless is not the answer for me."
Alan J. Heavens at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him
at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia PA
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