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    DIY Junior Member gjorda's Avatar
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    Default Oh What do I do!!! Eternal, Tankless, etc...

    Help! I have 2 daughters (11 and 8 yrs old)...so they will be taking forever in the shower in a couple of years.
    I currently have a 50 gal electric water heater...just sprung a leak!! It was 7 years old.(Bradford White)

    Had plumber over and 4 options.
    1) 50 gal electric Bradford White..same as now and hope it lasts longer ($850-ish)
    2) 80 gal electric Bradfrd White...if we do electric I think I want bigger than a 50 gal ($1100-ish)
    3) 50 gal Natural gas...($1600-ish)
    4) model GU145 Eternal Hybrid tankless ...(3500-ish) rebate of 1/3 next tax year

    what are your thoughts!!

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    I would recommend that you install a 50 gallon Bradford White with either 4500w or 5500w elements and, I would test & see what your water pressure is; and, see if you are possibly in need of a pressure reducing valve. If you already have one be sure that you have an expansion tank with a proper precharge. Being that you live in a cold climate and probably not knowing what your incoming water temperature is during the winter & how hard your water is, I would stay away from the tankless. 850 for a Bradford White installed seems to me like a fair price.

    Good luck!
    Last edited by Cookie; 03-11-2010 at 03:30 PM.

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    So you would stick to electric and NOT gas?...I am thinking gas would maybe be the best wat to go.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    I would recommend that you install a 50 gallon Bradford White with either 4500w or 5500w elements and, I would test & see what your water pressure is; and, see if you are possibly in need of a pressure reducing valve. If you already have one be sure that you have an expansion tank with a proper precharge. Being that you live in a cold climate and probably not knowing what your incoming water temperature is during the winter & how hard your water is, I would stay away from the tankless. 850 for a Bradford White installed seems to me like a fair price.

    Good luck!

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    In Nebraska, everyone I know has a gas WH - I suppose it depends on the relative cost of electricity vs. natural gas in your area.

    I imagine others with experience and data will chime in to help you make this decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveW View Post
    In Nebraska, everyone I know has a gas WH - I suppose it depends on the relative cost of electricity vs. natural gas in your area.

    I imagine others with experience and data will chime in to help you make this decision.
    Yeah, a few plumbers I have talked to say that gas is by far the best efficiency.

    Has anyone an opinion on the Eternal Hybrid?????

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    There were 6000 tankless sold in Minnesota last year, no reason not to go tankless.
    The eternal is too new and already being redesigned, made in Taiwan and unproven IMO

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