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Using a water heater for a boiler.

Posted by Harold Kestenholz - Hydronic Network on July 29th, 2000 04:33 PM
In reply to usign a water heater for baseboard heating by Mike on July 29th, 2000 01:40 PM [Go to top of thread]

If the local codes allow it, they are used often as a source for radiant heating in highly insulated homes today, however the systems put in 51 years ago were installed as high temperature units (higher than a water heater is meant to serve.) The homes 50 years ago were poorly insulated, meaning that the heat lost by an old home is often three times more than a new one. The water heater would run 12 times more fequently when acting as a boiler.

However, there are water heaters that are certified for boiler use as well as domestic water use. They are as expensive as a boiler.

You can find such systems with complete instructions if you do a net search for radiant, water, heaters, boilers, etc.

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