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Takagi Tankless Water Heater Research

Posted by Richard Herdell on January 20th, 2002 11:55 PM
In reply to Tankless Water Heaters by Lynn on January 17th, 2002 01:10 PM [Go to top of thread]

I'm looking at the Takagi TM1 where I want a high flow rate but Takagi has a
TK2 which is designed for smaller apps. I went to the factory in Irvine, Ca. and
had them demo this system for me and feel its time has come in the States.
These things have been around Europe and Asia for years apparently. Most
plumbers I have dealt w/ don't know squat about them and put them down. I
think they make sense even though my savings on the TM1 based on government
testing is about $100/yr over a tank based system. But the gov test seems to
me to be way too sanitary and not in tune w/ what really happens in the real
world with water heaters. It is also based on last years gas prices which
will only increase, albeit slowly. These things run on propane too. If you
want to talk w/ a technical guy abt these devices, call Josh Wiles
@(949)453-8388. He's the Takagi tech support guy in Irvine and he was very
helpful. Irvine is the USA distrib point for Takagi. It has a 1 yr warr on the system and a 5 yr warr on the
heat exchanger & I'm told they have had few probs w/ the electronics and most
issues pertain to installation such as undersizing the gas feed. They need a
high capacity gas feed for their high btu instantaneous heating to be
successful. Josh will be able to tell you who your distributor is too. I
have found a plumber here in San Clemente who has installed quite a few of these devices
and he has had a good experience. There are other mfgs of these things. I
have not tracked it down, but I understand Bob Villa showcased one and it
was designed for smaller apps than a standalone sink or shower. My app is for a 3k sqft house w/ 3 baths, washing machine & dishwasher. The TM1 seems to be able to service this.

Good luck.

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