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Old 05-02-2008, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Hilltop
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Okay we live near Seattle,WA and are about to have a Tankless Water heater system installed in our home,I did a lot of research and settled on a BOSCH natural gas unit and started calling around to get an estimate.

Everyone I call tells me the Bosch is no good go for the Rinnai..Being in Automotive and Construction I always seek out BOSCH parts or tools as they have always outlasted the best of the best.

Rinnai R94LSI seem to have all the features and accessories we want
Bosch 2700Es was the one that we had settled.

Anyone with the BOsch unit can confirm it is unrelaible nad has a high failure rate as I have been led to believe by the local Rinnai dealers?
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre,Pa
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I have the Bosch Electric, for over a year, and so far i have not had any problem with it.
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Old 05-02-2008, 11:59 PM
 
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The tankless water heaters can have problems with rapid scale build up because all the heat is concentrated in a small area. Where a normal heater might last 20 years before it has a serious scale problem, the life span of the tankless heater can be considerably shorter.

If you have hard water, you may want to do some more research before you buy.
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Old 05-03-2008, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre,Pa
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The tankless water heaters can have problems with rapid scale build up because all the heat is concentrated in a small area. Where a normal heater might last 20 years before it has a serious scale problem, the life span of the tankless heater can be considerably shorter.

If you have hard water, you may want to do some more research before you buy.
I never got 20 years on my normal heater, maybe 4 or 5 years, thats what made me go with the tankless, time will tell.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Hilltop
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We don't have hard water,I have never had a tank water heater last more than 4 years,sure they still worked but ability to keep hot water hot with a 20 min shower is gone after 4 years...Plus I just can't live with the idea of having a stove with a big pot of water simmering in my basement nonstop..
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:56 AM
 
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I have a 17 yr old 50 gal hot water heater runnning on propane and we can barely get thru two consecutive showers without losing hot water. My old house had a 50 which was fine (replaced after 8 years).

My plumber gave me a quote:
$1000 for a new 50 gal,
$1600 for a new 75 gal
$3200 for a new Bosch unit.

Questions:
Do these prices seem reasonable?
I have 3000 sq ft and four in our family, do you recommend 50 or 75 gal?
Can I get tax incentives for the Bosch unit? My plumber says yes
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I have a 17 yr old 50 gal hot water heater runnning on propane and we can barely get thru two consecutive showers without losing hot water. My old house had a 50 which was fine (replaced after 8 years).

My plumber gave me a quote:
$1000 for a new 50 gal,
$1600 for a new 75 gal
$3200 for a new Bosch unit.

Questions:
Do these prices seem reasonable?
I have 3000 sq ft and four in our family, do you recommend 50 or 75 gal?
Can I get tax incentives for the Bosch unit? My plumber says yes
It's sounds like it is time for a replacement. We went from a 10 gallon electric water heater in our motorhome for the last 3 1/2 yeras with no problems to a 30 gallon propane water heater in our house. We built an off grid house so we had to make sure that we could have hot water without "any" electric ignite.

Our gas man told us we were better off with the standard water heater and not the tankless because they have a hard time getting that much water to heat that quickly. That was his opinion.

As far as your prices I think you need to shop around. I just checked Lowe's and a 50 gallon gas water heater runs about $420.00 and a Bosch tankless is $1283.00 for their most expensive one. Are you going with a gas or electric heater? Your gas company should hook it up for you at a minimal charge. Also if you "vent" a gas tankless through your roof you don't need electric to run it. If you go through a wall to vent it you need electric to run the motor(?). I forget what it is called but they told me that at Bosch.

Yes there are tax benefits for all kinds of energy efficient upgrades. Check this site.
Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency : ENERGY STAR

Lisa
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I don't care if my water heater is tankful or not.
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Lake Coeur D’Alene
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We've been using a natural gas (converted to propane) Bosch Aquastar for 5 and a half years with no problems. We love it!
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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We've been using a natural gas (converted to propane) Bosch Aquastar for 5 and a half years with no problems. We love it!
Can you see a reduction in the amount of propane used?
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