We have a gas hot water heater that is leaking from the top of the
water heater, possibly the outlet pipe area. Can someone please help
us???!!! Do we need to get a new water heater or can this be checked by
us in some way or another and a replacement part be purchased?
PLEASE ADVISE ASAP AS THIS IS AN URGENT MATTER!!!
Do you really want cheapest ? Read this page:
Even if you do not plan on living at this place for a long time, consider a
longer lasting unit. Much cheaper in the long run.
Call them and ask. I suggest that you get one with a 9 year warranty which
is the middle of the line and also is usually more efficient than the
cheaper 6 year warranty heaters unless you are going to be moving in the
next couple years. I believe Lowes/HD charge around $289 - $329 to install
plus the price of the tank that can be anywhere from the mid $200 range and
up depending on the capacity and quality/warranty. Some towns also will
charge a building inspection fee to have a hot water heater replaced.
Whoever you get make sure they will do all the work including delivering the
new heater and hauling away the old one which I believe both HD and Lowes
do. Most likely you are looking at least around $600 installed. --- Steve
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productList&N00096 --- Lowes
--- Lowes installation.
They are a good company in pittsburgh, gas tank including standard
installation abot 430 and up. note INCLUDING INSTALLATION!
Why would installation cost 400 bucks:(
I suggest shopping around!
you can cheat a little, assuming the tank has a cold water supply valve
turn it OFF unless you are getting a bath. That way you can squeeze
another day or so till the new tank is installed!
Turn on when bathing, off immediately after!!
Its a temp fix, that I have used in the past:)
Our hot water heater sprung a similar leak on top around a rusty outlet
valve. There was really no economical way of fixing it. We bought a new
one from Home Depot, who had a subcontractor come out to take out the old
one, and replace it with a new one.
The only major issue, besides the cost, is the size of the new hot water
heater needs to fit safely in your current space. We tried to upgrade to a
larger model, but the concrete block it would stand on was not large enough,
so we had to stick with the original size.
Mine did this last Friday. Is there an epidemic? A conspiracy?
A water heater works or it doesn't. If it doesn't work, you can fiddle with
the heating elements, etc.
If it leaks, there's no plan B.
When you DO replace it, get the flex hoses that have fittings to make the
job easier should you have to take it out again FOR ANY REASON. Put a pan
under it if it is in an area where leakage would cause a problem. Run a
drain from the pan.
If gas, check connections with Windex spray, looking for bubbles.
Do it once, do it right. A PITA, but no big deal.
On Sat, 18 Feb 2006 10:43:33 -0800, "Steve B"
They do seem to break at the worst time. My last house one broke and
was changed on Thanksgiving (lasted 10 or so years). This newer house
the water heater broke the final day of a total master bath do-over.
It's a good time for a new 1/4 turn shut-off valve too.
.... I also check the vent draft with a match...
"My doctor says I have a malformed public-duty gland
and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that I am therefore
excused from saving Universes."
YOU MIIGHT be able to save some big bucks at Sears currently!
They are closing MOST of their sears service centers. Having a 30% off
sale on everything in stock at these locations! CLOSING FREE STANDING
SERVICE STORES ONLY
So if theres one near you it might pay to check it out.
locally home depot appears to have the best price, been looking at this
for a buddy his 6 year guarantee tank is on year 13 and acting flakey.
I am amazed its still usable. As a joke I tossed a cup of water
underneath it the other day, Unfortunately his daughter caught me in
the act and finked on me.
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