I'm looking at a buying a house with 2 water heaters, 1 40 gallon & 1 80
gallon. Inspector says both are old (40 gal 1982!) & should be replaced
soon. Bigger tank is on main floor of house, so a leak would be a bitch.
From what I have found online, the tanks go for ~ $315 for the 40 & $475 for
the 80 gallon. I'm wondering about how much installation would be. Trying
to come up with a figure for this & some other items to present to the
seller for a price reduction.
OOOOOPS!.....my fault...sorry.... If your looking at buying the house,
get a quote from a plumber to remove, supply and install.. You can figure on
about $100 dollars removal fees (dump fees etc) each. Reconnection should be
about the same for each unit. Jim
Electric water heaters last a long time. I wouldn't be looking to
replace 1982 electric water heaters unless they were leaking. You
just need to flush them periodically like you would any other water
heater and replace the heating elements as they go bad. I would not
be suprized to see them work for another 5 years. I'd be more
concerned about any sediment buildup in the tanks, and the remote
possibility that both hot water heaters could go bad at the same time
(I have seen it happen!).
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