8 years ago my AO Smith water heater failed and my plumber said he could get
a replacement/new AO Smith water heater for no charge to me (as it was still
under warranty). He would only charge me installation costs.
Turns out his installation costs actually cost me $385!
- Supply house handling charge of $75
- Materials of $55
- Labor of $255 (includes, I guess, hauling away the old, etc.)
Anyway, this hot water heater is now slowly leaking water from somewhere(?)
underneath the tank. It is not a big leak but I can see a small puddle
oozing out from the bottom for about 3 or 4 inches. It doesn't "leak" all
the time either. Some days/weeks go by and nothing......then water will
appear for a few days at a time - again not a lot of water.
Ideas on what is leaking and if it requires full tank replacement? If it
does I don't think I'll be calling my plumber for another "free" water
heater costing $385. Maybe a different plumber this time :)
I'd prefer to get one at Sears or Home Depot and pay them to install it.
Ideas/suggestions are appreciated. I imagine that this 'new' heater is also
under warranty as 8 years seems a short period of time for a water heatr to