Need Good Water Heater Advice Please
We have just removed two 50 gallon water heaters from our basement as we are putting new floors in the basement. They are both about 8 years old but one has been disconnected for the last 4 years so we know we can get along fine with one 50 gallon tank unless we have a lot of house guests. (Although we have a 4 bedroom, 4 bath house so for resale maybe should have more.)
My problem is, my husband wants to put in a highly energy efficient water heater as long as we have these removed. I talked to a friend who told me that a plumber had told him that the technology just isn't there yet on the tankless heaters plus it would take about 12 years to recoup the purchase expense with the energy savings. I would just like to put the old ones back in although I know they aren't highly energy efficient they aren't that old either. My husband says if we're putting the big tank ones back, he wants to at least find highly energy efficient ones.
Can anyone tell me if there is a really good water heater out there? The furnace room where it will be located is large so size is not an issue.