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House has 1.5 baths. Looking to go cheap but effective. Is it hard to install one yourself?
Electric water heater.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by fearthenoodle 14 months ago
How handy are you? I don't believe they are too difficult to install if you have a basic knowledge of electrical and plumbing. I'd just go to Lowes/HD and get one that is the same size (KW and Gallons) of the one you have now.
My wife would say not at all, but we've installed some smaller stuff before. Everything online seems to indicate you can do it yourself. But this is slightly more intimidating than a garbage disposal (for example). The quote from Mr. Rooter was $810, which seemed really high based on some of the prices at HD/Lowes.
ehh, if you mess it up, you have a pretty big mess.
Did you get an install estimate at HD?
Timely thread. I'm in the process of replacing ours but haven't made a final decision yet. I think I'm going to use Lowes and have them install too (They just contract the install out). We have a natural gas water heater and I'd rather just have a professional do it instead of blowing up my house. I think there is also permitting involved and they take care of that.
Not yet. Efforting that right now.
LOL- I wouldn't even consider doing it myself if it was gas. I'd definitely blow us up.
Was the $810 quote for a heater with installation? If so that doesn't sound bad. A local contractor quoted me $1400 for a 50 gal gas heater installed with a few minor tweaks to our current set up. Lowes quoted less than $1100 so I'm probably going with them.
Does the $810 cover the cost of the water heater and the installation?
I had Len the Plumber installed a new gas unit at my rental house for $1236 last year. Not sure how much of that was the actual water heater and how much was the installation.
But after dealing with my huge plumbing problem last month and seeing the difference in prices between places like Mr. Rooter and locally owned companies, I would call around and see what you can get it for.
I believe the $810 is the package price, though until I get home I won't see the written estimate. I'm also not sure what type of warranty that is including. I got an estimate from Home Depot at $615.
No. This is jtp's doing. He's kept me around for his bizarre HOF resume.
What size do you think you want? $615 would seem reasonable for 40 gallon. $810 I would say is the high end for that. Right after Sandy the prices jumped some for sure everywhere but fell back to normal.
Gas is cheaper, particularly the ones which heat only the water in use, the so called tankless water heaters. Electric instant HW devices save zero money.
Do you have well water with a water conditioner? If so have the hwh rod removed at installation, as the rod will dissolve and cause particles to for ever be in your water.
Both Sears and Lowe's will install them same-day if you order them by noon...I believe Sears installation charge was $230 but they always upcharge for everything.
I bought just a 40-gallon gas water heater from Sears for $350. I had a bad experience with one of their contractors, though...might want to have someone else install it.
I'm thinking 40-gallon. I'm fairly sure that is what we have now.
Depending on the county you live in, an installer may be required by county code to install a balloon tank which could add another hundred or two.
I can't believe anyone on the suque would consider anything other than an 80 gallon size.
Electric WH is easy, do it yourself
Slight change of topic, I got my furnace tune up a couple weeks ago and the guy said the inside air handler model was different from the outside compressor model and they should be the same for best efficiency? Sales pitch or true statement?
Considering the install doubles the price, I'm seriously considering this. As long as the Suque is on call for any hiccups along the way.
We'll have someone ready with the 9 and 1 already dialed.
Even if you think you don't need it, get at least a 50 gal. Economy of scale and all that rot. 40 gals are for singles and newly weds......
Have you ever soldered copper joints before? If not, you'll need compression fittings for the copper.
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If you can reuse fittings then a hw tank switch is like a 30 minute job, hour at most. How is the heater piped in (cpvc, pex,etc)?
It is 220V so it can be tricky if you have to run a homerun to the junction box!
80 gallons is a good size, though I use two that size which are LP gas fired, but have the ignitors with heavy duty timers so the units do not run 24/7
A lot of places it is code that they match them, but you can get parts that make it work fine...which it seems you have.
I wouldn't mess with it until you want to replace them both
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