replacing a gas water heater...suggestions?

dwpcDecember 28, 2012

Our existing heater is on borrowed time and needs replacement before we have a catastrophe. Its in its own closet in the laundry room and there's no floor drain or drain to the outside. It is close to an outside door for flushing w/hose but there's no place for water to go if a serious leak develops. Do I really need to be concerned about the lack of a drain?

Is there a website with good unit comparisons to help me choose the replacement with best efficiency and features? Is there really any difference between brands? We'd like the new one to vent through a PVC pipe; we don't like the hot galvanized flue passing through the roof. There's only two of us so a typical 40-gal tank is adequate.

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Why dont you see your local plumbing supply store and see what they have for your needs. I would stay away from the home improvement stores. As far as a drain, I would try my best to hook the relief valve to a drain. Floor drain is up to you. If it leaks and you dont catch it time, Then you can only blame yourself.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 12:49PM
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"I would try my best to hook the relief valve to a drain"

Generally not allowed.

It the relief valve opens you need to KNOW it happened.

Even with a leak pan under the unit, the relief valve does NOT go into the pan.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 5:09PM
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