Can i replace my Indirect fired water heater with a conventional Water Heater?
My HTP SuperStor ULTRA indirect water heater is leaking from the bottom seam, It looks like the unit sells for well over a thousand dollars. I wanted to know if I could replace it with a cheaper conventional WH. Obviously less efficient. But i do not have the money right now for top of the line.
What would be involved?
I would first check with the manufacture and see about a warrantee.
By the time you do the work required to go to a different heater, you will not save much if any money. With electric you will need a new circuit to the panel With gas, a new gas line and flue.
What size is your tank?what are your DHW needs? The recovery rate is so much better on an indirect that you may be able to go with a smaller size.
It certainly can be done , were you considering a gas or electric conventional? if the latter, you would need a new breaker & wire run to the new tank which might be close to the value of a new indirect if you have to hire an electrician. If the former it would definitely be more than replacing the indirect after you muck around installing a new vent & gas line to supply it, either way the difference would be negligible and a lot more headache imo. Stick with the indirect, be happy.
Unless you have access to NG I would suggest switching to an electric tank regardless. For a family of 4 we pay $25-$30 a month to use electric. We have a 80 gallon tank. Not worth the headache of a indirect. Our electric rates are 13.3 kw/hr.