Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In Hot Water

We've been in the new house for a month now and the only hot showers we've had were at my parent's house. The old water heater was barely able to keep the water luke-warm. Combine that with a bad shower valve and it took me longer to get the water temperature adjusted than it did to shower. And the house still has no heat so stepping out of the tepid shower into a 60 degree bathroom is rather unpleasant. But this weekend we finally did something about it. We said goodbye to our seventeen year old water heater
and welcomed my new best friend, a Rheem ultra-efficient condensing tankless heater that cost as much as our F-150. I'm not kidding, it was $1200 on sale.
But we didn't spend all this money just to take hour-long hot showers. This unit was carefully selected because it will also be running our radiant heat system instead of using a traditional boiler. Unfortunately for us the company that we bought our radiant system from screwed up and we had to order more parts that will not arrive until next week. We're really hoping the weather holds until the heat is in. Until them we can work on other projects, like installing a condensate drain and maybe even plumbing in the washer and dryer.

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