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I don't know how much you looked into the tankless water heater, I did look into it a bit.We had the utility company come out for a leak once; they mix chemicals that smell into the gas lines so you can tell quickly. Thankfully it was just that the guy who’d worked on the dryer didn’t hook up the vent hose and not a true leak.
You can purchase natural gas detectors that detect unsafe levels & plug into a wall socket! We have one right next to our hot water heater, as it is located in a closet in Kirby’s room. We plan on eventually replacing it with an outdoor tankless hot water heater so that I don’t need to worry about it anymore! We had hoped to do it this year but we had an emergency bathroom remodel and it’s not in the budget for now.
My neighbor is a plumber and installs them.
What he told me is.
Natural gas supplied to homes comes in on a small diameter pipe at low pressure.
Small diameter + low pressure is not sufficient for a tankless water heater. For my house I would need to have installed a larger diameter pipe from the street supply to my home.
He said the cost of putting in the larger diameter pipe + inspections from city gov. etc.etc. would not be cost effective for long time.
In other words I would not see a cost reduction from using a tanklesss water heater for years.