Help me replace leaking hot water heater(gas)
I called a reputable local plumber, and he gave me a ballpark figure of $800 to replace it! Can this be right?
My leaking unit is a Rheemglass Fury, model #22V40, 40000btu, with a first hour rating of 68 gallons. The Energyguide sticker says $222. It is at least 8 years old, as it was here when we bought the house.
The heater works just fine, but water has apparently been leaking for some time and gotten down on the hardwood flooring in the area near the heater.
What should I look for in a new water heater and plumber to install it? I imagine any new heater should be as good as this one, although I did read some water heater reviews on Sears web site and some reported problems with the pilot lights going out frequently. I did find 40 gallon gas water heaters for around $400. How much is reasonable for installation?
Thanks much for any help.