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Really great! But, you must understand what you're getting
on January 6, 2007
I bought this product 18 months ago. I love it. Here's the deal:
This thing is rated on how much it can increase the temp of the water.. So it performs differently in the summer when the incoming water is 80 degrees versus the winter when the incoming water is 35 degrees. It has a switch for "summer" or "winter" settings which configures it to use three burners or one burner, depending on the season. There is also a temperature dial you can use to adjust the water temp that comes out.
One other thing about this tankless system: You set the temp of the water for the only as hot as you want to take showers, so when you take a shower or bath, it's full hot only. (The only reason that water tanks are set really hot is so that you mix them down with cold to extend the amount of water they can make, but this is not needed with a tankless system.)
The bottom line is that you'll find yourself adjusting the temp on this thing every few weeks to contend with changing seasons (not a big deal... just a dial). This is definitely a change in concept when it comes to hot water, but I am used to it and plan on using them for the rest of my life.
(Side note: Some people are like, "What? This thing sucks! The water is not hot enough!!" My response is that I do not have the water set too hot. Why do I need the water hot enough to burn me? I wash all my clothes in cold, and the dishwasher has its own heating elements to make the water as hot as it needs.. So I set my heater to be comfortable--nothing more.)