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Old 01-12-2010, 12:22 PM
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Well, after reading all the threads about them I finally bit the bullet. I ordered the Bosch 1600 with another name on it, but I can't remember what it is. It came in a bosch box. I got the remanufactured model thru Amazon at what I think was a great deal.
My son installed it and with a little adjusting on the heat and flow it works great. I waited a couple of weeks to post to check it out. Adjusting the flow actually sets the temp easier than trying to adjust the temp with its own knowl. I am very satisfied so far.
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I sure hope you got the propane or NG unit! Those electric tankless heaters SUCK UP electricity!
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I sure hope you got the electrical one as the gas ones suck up some gas.
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Actually I forgot to say a few things about the unit. I was pretty busy and trying to get the post in between customers and phone calls.
I have the gas unit. I had a gas conventional heater there before, and all I've read said the electric units suck. I had electricity in the area already but as it turns out I didn't need it. the unit has a generator in it. When the water flows it generates power and energizes the igniter which lights the gas burner. It's a pretty neat gadget. I'm very pleased with it so far.
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Actually I forgot to say a few things about the unit. I was pretty busy and trying to get the post in between customers and phone calls.
I have the gas unit. I had a gas conventional heater there before, and all I've read said the electric units suck. I had electricity in the area already but as it turns out I didn't need it. the unit has a generator in it. When the water flows it generates power and energizes the igniter which lights the gas burner. It's a pretty neat gadget. I'm very pleased with it so far.
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How much was it?
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Once you go tankless you'll never go back to the old way. I have a Baxi Luna -- there are so few techs, I had to take a course via the internet to learn how to service this thing from the mfg. I absolutely will never install another tank unit again. Congrats!!
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http://www.tanklesswaterheatersdirec...00hbuypage.asp
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I sure hope you got the electrical one as the gas ones suck up some gas.
Yeah but these days gas/propane is a hell of a lot cheaper than electricity!!
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King, it was $399 with free shipping.
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We have had a tankless for more than 10 years - started with a PowerStar - which was later bought by Bosch. We had an element go out, and called for assistance - we were still within 10 year warranty and they send a brand new Bosch tankless - Model AE12 - much better design - at no cost. Great customer service. Ours is electric at this house; but we have had gas before. Love them both.
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Originally Posted by Jane W View Post
We have had a tankless for more than 10 years - started with a PowerStar - which was later bought by Bosch. We had an element go out, and called for assistance - we were still within 10 year warranty and they send a brand new Bosch tankless - Model AE12 - much better design - at no cost. Great customer service. Ours is electric at this house; but we have had gas before. Love them both.
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How was the electric bill, did it change any?
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King, it was $399 with free shipping.
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That is a great price. How was the install. I looked at the manual; looks fairly simple. With the house in NC mostly vacant, I would like to install one of these. My current water heater is mounted in the attic.
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Are you serious? The water heater is mounted in the attic?
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woooooooooooo $399 please send me the link, I went out looking at hot weater heater last night. I am planning to buy asap. How many gpm?
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I replaced my gas tank hot water bomb (it was rusting out and dripping) with a tankless (LP) from Home Depot. I forget the brand and model but it works like a champ. My gas bill averages $9 per month when I only use the HW heater. I wish the pool heater was the effecient.

The down side is that I have 2 kids that can take marathon showers. The old tank version would run out and the kids would get out of the shower. Now my water bill is through the roof... So much for the savings of going to a tankless.
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Let's see if I can get all the questions answered.
The install is really simple. We used flex lines from where the old tank hooked up. We mounted the unit to the wall with three screws, attached the new and longer supply line, attached the new and longer line from the unit back into the house, changed the gas line to a longer flex line so that it would reach, and that was it. A plumber I talked to said he dreaded installing them because he has had to run new gas lines from the meter to the unit because the original line was too small to handle the tankless. My gas came in thru a 3/4 pipe. We didn't do anything except hook up the new flex pipe. I can't imagine these units use more gas than a conventional water heater.
I don't have the link right now but all I did was google "tankless water heater" and amazon came up pretty close to the top. It is an Aqua star 1600H reconditioned by bosch and came in a bosch box. I'll have to check, but I think it has a 2 yr replacement warranty including shipping. Amazon shipped mine overnight, free.
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no worries that it is re-furbished?
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Looks like that model does not have high enough GPM to allow two uses at once (i.e. two showers, or one shower and a washer). Anyone find that annoying? Pricing on the two use models seem to be more than twice the price...but I guess that's expected.
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A shower uses roughly 2.5 gpm's so I would think you would at least need a 5.3 gpm unit? Is this right?
Beenie, have you tried 2 at a time?
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