February 1999

Volume 8, Number 2

Demand Water Heaters Update

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Demand Water Heaters Update

There’s good news and bad news in the demand water heater field. . . .

The good news is that the AquaStar 125-EI (now referred to as the 125-X) demand water heater that we reviewed in the April 1998 issue of EBN (Vol. 7, No. 4) is finally being shipped—months after its scheduled debut. According to Kyle Murray of Controlled Energy Corporation in Waitsfield, Vermont, the American Gas Association caused the delay. “AGA had never seen a battery-powered pilot,” he told EBN. The product is attractive, because the standby energy loss from the pilot light of a standard gas-fired demand water heater is eliminated, yet AC power is not required for operation. The suggested retail price is now $799, rather than the projected $699. For information, call CEC at 800/642-3111.

The bad news is that the super-high-efficiency Targa T150 electronic-ignition, gas-fired demand water heater, which we also covered in the April 1998 article, is gone—at least for the time being. According to Targa Operations Manager Grace Lee, the company’s Korean manufacturing plant has been hurt by the Asian economic crisis, and Targa is in the process of “redetermining our production arrangement.” For this reason, they are holding off on all marketing and sales activities and have temporarily removed their Web site (www.targaenergy.com) from the Internet.

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February 1, 1999