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Recommendations needed for indirect water heater

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Novagen_Ed
Novagen_Ed Member Posts: 45
In 2011 I installed a propane fired Triangle Tube Solo 110, to feed the radiant floors and panel radiators I installed in my 2600 sq ft house. The plan has been to migrate to an indirect tank once my electric tank started to fail. That's now happening.
I've considered the Smart 40, thought there are some indications that the Smart series have had issues with leaks, and have also seen good feedback about the Turbomax product. Water here is drawn from a well, and is mildly acid and moderately hard before it's filtered, pH buffered and softened. Ph is right around 7 (checked monthly by me), and there's probably a little extra sodium chloride from the brine back washed softener. 2 full time occupants, 1-2 overnight guests on occasion. 1 energy star dishwasher, 1 high efficiency front load clothes washer, 1 1/2 baths: main bath has (2) 2.5 gpm shower heads. I plan to set up a re-circulation system on the indirect, as well...Thanks for any and all advice, your recommendations are appreciated.

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  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
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    What are the chloride levels like in the well water?

    304 stainless can only tolerate about 100 PPM.
  • Novagen_Ed
    Novagen_Ed Member Posts: 45
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    Thanks SWEI. The most recent water test shows 13 ppm of chlorides.
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,441
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    I like the Bradford White Powerstor.
    "Lifetime" warranty ... 3 anode rods.
    price is competitive.
  • Novagen_Ed
    Novagen_Ed Member Posts: 45
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    Hi kcopp. Thanks. I will look into their models: I only remember the Bradford-White name from my younger days as manufacturers of conventional water heaters....
    Since we're height challenged here (less than 6 ft 6 inches in water heater area) any trouble with pulling those anode rods for replacement?
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,441
    edited October 2015
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    they make these....

    http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/OrderPages/XCart/Flexible-Combo-Magnesium-Anode.html

    Need to make sure that the two types of anodes are the same.
    Don't mix a Aluminum w/ a magnesium.
  • Novagen_Ed
    Novagen_Ed Member Posts: 45
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    Hi kcopp,
    Thanks! Those are pretty neat.....