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Replacement Water Heater $ and brands

Posted by adams828 (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 26, 11 at 8:55

Hello all,

Looking to replace a 13 y/o 50 gallon tank, and have been quoted ~$1650 for replacement (including labor, disposal, etc.) for a 50 gallon tank with 10/yr warranty. Does this seem accurate for the Metro DC area?

Also, one place proposed AO Smith (the other did not say what brand) - however a quick internet search showed many pilot problems with this brand. Should I be wary?

Thanks!
Adam


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RE: Replacement Water Heater $ and brands

There are only a few manufacturers of the gas control valves, so many units are built from the same piece parts.


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RE: Replacement Water Heater $ and brands

So it should not matter the brand? I am just concerned about hearing so many problems about AO Smith... is this just a "consumers only post bad experiences online" effect??


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RE: Replacement Water Heater $ and brands

I haven't paid someone else to do that job in 20 years, but $1650 sounds high to me if it is just a plain simple tank. Seems like a 2-4 hour job including commute unless there is something difficult. Is this a direct vent unit, or just a simple tank?


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RE: Replacement Water Heater $ and brands

HI attofarad - I think it is direct vent (goes up the flue?). Also as I understand per plumbing code I would need an expansion tank (the current system was installed over 10 years ago)..


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