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Water Heater Options in existing home

Posted by moccasinlanding (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 18, 10 at 12:16

We have a natural gas water heater which we will soon have to replace. We also plan to remove any waterheater from its present location, and have thought to install instead an electric water heater inside a little lean-to a few feet from the electric meter and main power box outside the house; but there will be a common wall with the house. It will be located on the exterior wall of the kitchen, which is on the south side of the house. And a couple of feet forward of that spot is the kitchen window and then the outside portion of our heat pump.

Where the present gas supply to the water heater is located, I will be installing a small natural gas range. There is an empty 220 circuit in the breaker box, because I already ripped out the electric range which was disfunctional. I'm concerned that to have a gas water heater, I'd need my gas supply line upgraded, which could be done I guess, but want to explore solar, heatpump takeoff, and other options before launching such an upgrade. I am determined to have gas cooking as my priority.

We live in Mobile Alabama, latitude 30 North. We have ideas of using solar panels on the south side of the main house roof, and so will need a water storage tank anyway.

I want to be able to choose the option which gives us the MOST BENEFIT from our location, our environment, and our money. A "lifetime warranty" is not a requirement, since we are well into our 70s, if you know what I mean.

What could you recommend? Here is the picture outside of that area of the house. Not pretty in this view, we were renting it at the time.
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RE: Water Heater Options in existing home--footnote

Another observation:
I also want to put the power supply on a weatherhead and not attached to the wood of the house. It is way too low.

CAN A WEATHERHEAD BE MOUNTED ON THE CORNER OF THE FRONT PORCH ABOVE GROUND OF COURSE, and then routed underground to the breaker box? With all the dense tree roots from the power pole at the corner of our lot, to the location of the breaker box, being underground throughout its length would be very destructive and not likely to happen.

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