Just found out my water heater has a slow leak.
by Killian (2012-12-30 18:36:52)
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What I am looking at for replacement cost?


I'm installing a tankless this weekend
by Denver95  (2012-12-31 12:23:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

~$1500 all in.

Avoid the GE water heaters sold by HD. They suck.
Sears is OK, rheem is good. I was quoted $1200 for a new rheem installed...which is why I am installing my own tankless.

Also, if you do it yourself, review the combustion air requirements and where that is coming from - especially if you have put in a new heater since that wh went in, and make sure all the important things are included in the job that might not already be there - pan piped to drain, auto shutoff if it is in a finished basement or on a higher floor, etc.


Sounds like you blew a seal
by NDscott  (2012-12-30 20:33:29)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Hope he wore a condom


"No, that's just a little ice cream." (v)
by ArasEra  (2012-12-30 23:38:25)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


How long have you been holding
by atlpns  (2012-12-31 05:08:11)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

that one just waiting for the perfect opportunity?


I always knew the joke, but I just recently discovered that
by ArasEra  (2012-12-31 12:51:22)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

video.

I love the monkeys reactions to the punchline!


Do you have to scratch his belly so he rolls over? *
by ndgotrobbedin97  (2012-12-30 21:50:58)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Well, at least he didn't club it. *
by LocalSubAlum  (2012-12-30 21:09:56)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Cost may be dependent on accessibility.
by NDPhils  (2012-12-30 20:25:21)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Is the water heater easily accessible (e.g. garage) or not (e.g. attic)?


Stupid question... Have you checked the warranty?
by cj  (2012-12-30 20:10:54)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The warranty on my Whirlpool was 7 years and Lowes replaced it with no hassle after 6 years and change.


The warranty has expired.
by Killian  (2012-12-31 09:41:06)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I believe this is a late 90's model. Surprised it made it this long.


Ditto for me - but a Kenmore (gas) ....
by so-it-goes  (2012-12-30 21:31:23)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Only had to pay for labor.
Also, dependent on age the code requirements for venting, etc. may have changed since the installation, as has been the case for us here in the DC burbs each time (now third in 20 years) we have replaced ours. Most recent replacement was early in 2012.


Have you checked the fetzer valve? *
by Blairkiel  (2012-12-30 19:26:11)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Isn't that near the Flux Capacitor? *
by NicevilleFlIrish  (2012-12-30 19:36:23)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Yes, right next to the Johnson Rod *
by Little Gun  (2012-12-30 19:44:59)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Depends on if the ball bearings need to be replaced *
by KLav18  (2012-12-30 19:18:25)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Heyya! It's all ball bearings nowadays. *
by IrishApache  (2012-12-30 19:23:34)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Is it the overflow valve that is leaking?
by PabloFanque  (2012-12-30 19:10:01)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

If so, maybe the pressure relief valve just needs replacing.


It appears to only be a slow leak when it is filling
by Killian  (2012-12-30 19:01:48)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I just checked it again and the stream has dried up.


$500 for the heater and $100 for the install.
by TAR  (2012-12-30 19:00:54)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Although you could do it yourself if you are at all handy.


Just had one replaced for $800, by a pro. *
by irishman98  (2012-12-30 18:59:00)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


That's about what I paid for mine.
by dbldomer7375  (2012-12-30 21:52:04)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Plus the $8K to repair water damage to the house because we didn't catch the leak in time.


Ouch. Luckily this one sits about 2 feet from the drain.
by Killian  (2012-12-31 09:42:50)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

And our mechanicals are on a concrete floor.


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