I'm just guessing here, but this sounds like what we in the UK would call a
"multipoint" heater, (which is a combi boiler without the ability to heat
This would consist of a gas burner that heats the incoming water
instantaneously when flow is detected by a switch. The advantage is that
they are cheap and reliable. The disadvantage is that without any storage,
the flow rate is limited to the power of the burner and there is a slight
delay as the burner ignites and warms up the gubbins. They typically gives
enough flow for a good shower, but not enough to fill a bath very quickly,
or run two outlets at once.
Of course, they might be something completely different.
Habitat for Humanity in Charleston SC, USA area has installed electric
versions - one per three house with 2 bathrooms, laundry, & kitchen
with dishwasher. No complaints over the last year.ype
I replaced mine 3 years ago and just bought the cheapest name brand (GE or
rheem?) for approx $100. Home depot said they are basically the same, you
are just paying for extended warranty on the more expensive models. I have
the anode rod in mine and there is almost no rust when I flush it even after
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