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Need to replace dead Wolter tankless water heater

I am opening a new thread because I can't find any recent info about tankless water heaters. My Wolter heater gave up the ghost last fall and I am now in the market for a replacement. So far I have found a "marinized" unit that sells for $1600 and many low cost units on eBay (Excel, Marey, etc...) that feature automatic ignition similar to what I had on the Wolter.

Reading various old threads on the subject I notice the results are mixed. Lots of reports of problematic Excel units but many people have had good results and I also found recommendations on the Excel heaters on the PDQ Owners Forum dating back to 2003. I can't find the exact models that were discussed on the forums and I am having difficulty getting a hold of someone at Excel in Florida. Excel units used to be available on eBay but now I mostly find the Marey units (which are probably very similar. Marey has a portable unit that looks like it could be mounted permanently on a bulkhead but I don't want to risk buying one and then finding out it won't fit this application.

I am located in Ontario, Canada which complicates matters as I can't find local distributors for these heaters.

Anyone found a good/reliable/affordable replacement for their Wolter tankless heater? Any feedback would really be appreciated.

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Heater

I have a working Wolter heater if your interested...
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Hot water heater

Hi,

Can you tell me more?

Make, model, type, new/used, price....?

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Sorry for the delay, Its a Wolter 300 Propane. Its used but like new condition. I'd like to get $1000 for it, also comes with an extra flow switch....
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Used Wolter heater

Hi,

Thanks for the offer but I think you're asking a bit much if you consider a brand new Excel unit sells for about $200. Yours is used and you don't provide much info other than the price.

I would be interested in discussing the Wolter unit but not at that price. Can you tell me where you're located, do you have pictures of the unit and are you willing to consider an offer below what you're asking?
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I'm located in Northern Michigan. I had this heater sent back to Jerry Wolter
Several years ago for repairs, so you could say it factory reconditioned. I'm
Willing to bet, you will never see another working Wolter 300 for sale again.
I think $1000 is a fair price, if not a bit low for this heater
If your still interested I can take some photos.
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I think $1000 sounds excessive for something that may be 10+ years old and for which I will not be able to find any parts or get serviced if (when) it fails. You can bet that if I could get mine serviced, it certainly would have been my first choice.

I know these things are pretty rare but $1K seems kind of high for a used water heater. Not trying to lowball you here but I am having difficulty justifying this based on what is currently available on the market.

Pictures of the unit would certainly be nice but I would need to know more about your heater before I can make you an offer. What was repaired. How old is it. Did it fail, etc...

Also, do you know if Wolter is still in business and do you have his contact information?

If you PM me I will provide my email address and Skype ID so we can discuss further.
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Has the OP considered a RV tankless water heater?
Eccotemp Systems Llc - EccoTemp Portable Tankless Water Heater - Water Heaters - Camping World
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Water heater

The model you linked to is not suitable for this application. It is for outdoor use only. There are similarly priced versions that are suitable for indoor use on a boat.
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We happen to have a new wolter model 300

Hi! Believe it or not we have a brand new in the box wolter model 300 tankless water heater for sale! We recieved it from a friend while we were doing a complete remodel on our yorktown 33 and decided to go another way but if your interested let me know and i assure you i will sell it for a lot less than 1k! It also comes with a new flue and vent the only thing it doesn't have is the vent pipes. Thanks duane and kim
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