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Post in 'The Green Room' started by mikeathens, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. EricV

    EricV Feeling the Heat

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    Ok, so where are we finding the best price for this unit? The Airgap I mean.

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  2. UB777

    UB777 New Member

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    Hi,

    I am new to this forum, and found it doing searches for information on the A7 Airtap. Are there any longer term reports on the A7, or new purchasers that would like to share there experience with the A7?

    Thank You
    UB777
  3. jh6u

    jh6u New Member

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    We've had our Airtap A7 since last June. It's working well, even when our basement temperature dropped to 50F in the dead of Central Virginia winter. My calculated efficiency rating was ~2.5 in winter, ~4 in summer with 68F ambient temperature. We've only run out of hot water once, with a daughter's long shower in the cold of winter. If you have heavy bursts of use & an older hot water tank, my recommendation would be to buy a new tank on which to install the A7, & connect in series before the existing unit, turning down the temp setting on the old unit so it only comes on during periods of heavy use. But overall I'm very pleased.

    Jay
  4. UB777

    UB777 New Member

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    Jay,

    Thank you for the reply.

    I just replaced my EWH, I cannot be disappointed in the service I received, it is the original that was installed when my house was built in 1979. All I did was drain and flush the tank every year, and I had to replace one thermostat and a fill/drip tube.

    I live in North Texas and my WH is in my garage where the Temperature in the summertime is 80 to over 100 F, so the A7 should be very efficient that time of year. I thought about pulling the lower element during installation of the A7 to verify that that the refrigerant line will not contact the element, and possibly after x amount of A7 run time allow the elements to turn on and finish the job, and or let them both run during high demand situations, when I have company. I looked at my tank and I have room to install a second lower thermostat to control the A7 if necessary.

    At this point I am still researching to decide to purchase or not.

    Thank you

    UB777
  5. John H

    John H Member

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    I just installed the AIRTAP-A7 yesterday. The install was easy,it blows ice cold air that I hooked to an AC register,it removes moisture from the basement and the hot water is plenty hot.
    I purchased it from Wam Home center. I paid 519.00 delivered. There price has gone up $625.00 delivered,I also bought the adapter to hook up to the AC. The adapter made the hook up very easy. The adapter was $75.00.

    John
  6. Baston8005

    Baston8005 Member

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    I'm in the process of looking at the Geyser setup. I have a 1000 sq ft basement where I will install this system. My house has electric heat which I used 1 winter only...After that winter I went out and bought a pellet stove. I run a dehumidifier all year long in my basement also. This combined with my electric water heater is killing me!!!! I see a few guys are using the airtap system. Whats the difference between the two systems? I have watched the geyser install video and it seems like a straight forward install...quite easy actually. Price difference's? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  7. tom in maine

    tom in maine Minister of Fire

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    Both perform about the same.
    There are/were? some issues with the Airtap freezing up in the colder weather.
    THe Airtap is about half the cost of the Geyser. The Geyser can be moved from one tank to another, in case the tank ever leaks.
    The Airtap might not move from one tank to another since the heat exchanger is a very thin copper hairpin tube that is inserted into the tank.

    I have installed both. The Geyser is definitely a case of you get what you pay for.
    I guess the Airtap is too...
  8. Baston8005

    Baston8005 Member

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    I contacted Geyser and found that unit is selling for $1073 plus tax. Much lower than a few people have told me. Looks like a good fall project.

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