My water heater is leaking from the bottom today. There's a drop
falling every second or two so its failure is probably imminent. I
have called a plumber to come check it out this afternoon. I'd like to
know what to expect or any diagnosis you might have.
Capacity 40.0 gal
Input 40,000 btu/hr. Natural Gas
Shoulda just told him to bend over ... because that's pretty much what
plumbers do . I got lucky , got my new unit <new construction> for under 300
bucks for a 40 gal electric . Plumbed it in w/solid PVC all the way because
it was the least expensive option . When the time comes to replace it'll get
flex lines . I did put a ball valve on the inlet ... far enough upline that
it also cuts off the shower cold - they're just thru the wall from each
The above unit was made in 1997.
A replacement Rheem (appropriately named) unit will cost $897 installed
I called a few other places and the cost was about the same but it
would take at least a week. I've dealt with these people before and
would rather give them my business since they have always arrived the
same day to diagnose the problem.
When mine leaked, it was less than six years.
I called, and got the warranty. The Home Depot
gave me the price I paid towards the new unit,
so I was still out a couple hundred bucks. I
mumbled a bit, and went ahead.
I think you are wise to give your money to
the people who formerly treated you well.
I was going to say that the plumber will charge you $1000 installed, but
you could simply drive to Home Despot and pick up a new one and install
it yourself for $300.
So I was $100 off.
They're not that heavy you know.
And easy as pie to put in.
Real men know how to install replacement gas water heaters.
If you can attach a barbeque tank to a barbeque grill you can replace a
gas water heater.
I replaced exactly one water heater about 4 or 5 years ago - still
working just fine.
You would not need a torch to disconnect the gas line from your water
You shut off the gas valve in the line going to the water heater, then
you take a wrench and unscrew the coupler at the tank gas inlet.
Naturally, you'd drain the tank and close the water valves going to (and
coming from) the heater (if you have such valves) or you'd shut off the
main water supply. Then you unscrew the couplers and move the old tank
out of the way.
When I replaced my tank, I added a ball valve to both the incoming and
out-going side of the copper water lines going to the tank, to make
replacement easier the next time.
The gas input of the old tank matched exactly (in terms of height from
the floor) of the new tank, so I didn't need to rework the gas line.
Just move the new tank into position, screw the coupler back, turn on
the gas, spread a little dish-soap on the connection to see if it
bubbles, and the job is done.
On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:17:15 AM UTC-4, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I'd also recommend putting one of those plastic water catch pans
under the new one, if the old didn't have one. It depends on where
it's located as to how much benefit it is. But even in a basement,
it can be useful. They have an outlet that you can connect a piece of
hose to so that water goes where you want it, ie French drain, sump pump
pit, etc, instead of wherever it would wind up if it leaks on the floor.
Mabee the little cheap one. I bought a 9 yr? warranty 40 gallon and
it was within a few dollars of $600 including tax. Bought it from Home
Despot because it's only about a mile away and I had to carry it home
on the rack behind my PT cruiser, so I didn't want to haul it across
town from the wholealer (price within dollars but better brand
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:18:54 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
And that everything matches up perfectly old to new, which it *usually*
does, but without seeing this one, who knows. And that what's there now
was done correctly and doesn't have some
obvious problem that needs to be corrected. And that there isn't some othe
problem, like maybe an old water shutoff valve that should be replaced that
soldered in, or maybe no water shutoff valve at all.
And I also don't think it's too smart to be pushing someone who
doesn't feel they have the right skills to be fooling around with
gas piping either.
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