In March I completed the goal of converting three appliances over to gas. The first was converting the oil furnace over to gas. I have been planning on do this since I first moved in October 15, 2004. That fall I had the gas company bring a line up to the house. I waited until the spring of 2008 to replace my oil furnace with a new efficient gas furnace because I did not want to go in debit paying for it. I informed the company installing the furnace that I would in the future install a gas stove and water heater, and to plan on that when installing the gas pipe.
I spent over a year looking for a gas stove on Craig’s List before finding a GE Profile gas stove in the fall of 2010. Again I reminded the guy installing the gas line to the stove that there was still a hot water heater in my future.
Since the first day I moved into this house I have been arguing with myself about when to replace the electric hot water heater. The reason why it took me so long was I could not decide to go tankless or not. The installation and tankless heater was around $3000 in 2004 compared to a tank water heater, it was about 1.5 to 2 times more expense. There were other reasons why I put it off, the water in southwest Wisconsin is heavy with lime and I questioned just how long the pumping would plug up. Just look how close the limestone is to the surface; the picture shows an excavation for a nursing home expansion just north of my house. If you lived here the water must be softened, the lime just builds up to quickly. I discussed the tankless option with the pumper before deciding and he did not suggest tankless heater. His reason was Wisconsin cold winters can cause a large different in temperatures with the water coming into the house and the tank ability to raise the temperature hot enough. The frost does go deep into the ground, -20 is common here in January. He also stated the tankless heater needs to be serviced twice a year.
PS: On Saturday, I sealed the remaining wall with hydraulic cement. This coming Saturday I can start painting the wall.