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Water heater broke and so am I...... :(

bbm4l1fe 1,553 802 January 3, 2016 at 02:26 PM
I am in the market for a propane water heater....best "deal" I can find is

Home depot reem 40 gal [40 Gal. Tall 6 Year 34,000 BTU Manufactured Housing Atmospheric Convertible Natural Gas]
- 10% lowes coupon ( i read they work at depot)
-6% buying gift cards
-3% cash back site that starts with an eb


I feel like a better deal could be had.... I am seeing tankless water heaters on the interwebs for less, but I don't know anything about them...

The 40 gallon is kinda overkill as we only have one bathroom...
I am more than willing to play my disabled/low income card if it helps......

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I had same happen 2 years ago. Gas one though.

I couldn't find anything cheaper. Tankless ones are a PITA. Plus you might have to move a bunch of exhaust/pipes around.

One lesson learned for me. I bought exact name brand size tank. I got a higher efficiency one. It was 3 inches more in diameter and would not fit into my mechanical room. My handyman ended up sawing out a 2X4. Lucky there was enough structure there. Long story short make sure it will fit through the opening.

Not sure the 10% lowes coupon will work unless you bring it to them in store. so probably can't order on line with the coupon and the 3%.

Also check your utility company. Propane probably not but mine sometimes has incentives for becoming more energy efficient.

And maybe government has some tax deductions. Not likely but never know.

Hope this helps.
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propane cost is on the rise.
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Quote from bbm4l1fe View Post :
I am in the market for a propane water heater....best "deal" I can find is

Home depot reem 40 gal [40 Gal. Tall 6 Year 34,000 BTU Manufactured Housing Atmospheric Convertible Natural Gas]
- 10% lowes coupon ( i read they work at depot)
-6% buying gift cards
-3% cash back site that starts with an eb


I feel like a better deal could be had.... I am seeing tankless water heaters on the interwebs for less, but I don't know anything about them...

The 40 gallon is kinda overkill as we only have one bathroom...
I am more than willing to play my disabled/low income card if it helps......
I bought a house with a 20yr old propane gas water heater and it was having problems so I replaced it. I think it cost me around $300 for the water heater and $200 for the install all through Lowes. Damn happy I did. First off my propane usage dropped down to about half of what it was prior. Water heater paid for itself very quickly. Second, the Lowes guy installed the water heater and when I went out the next day to the garage you could smell propane. Had Lowes come out and they checked everything, only to discover a leak in the internal workings of the water heater itself. Lowes guy had to uninstall the water heater, take it back to Lowes, pick up a new one, and reinstall it.

If I had paid someone else to do it I doubt that would have been the case! If I was gonna do it myself talk about a major PITA not to mention a transportation problem.

In any event the method you're suggesting doesn't sound like a bad one at all. Hopefully yours pays for itself as quickly as mind did Big Grin
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Quote from LivninSC View Post :
I bought a house with a 20yr old propane gas water heater and it was having problems so I replaced it. I think it cost me around $300 for the water heater and $200 for the install all through Lowes. Damn happy I did. First off my propane usage dropped down to about half of what it was prior. Water heater paid for itself very quickly. Second, the Lowes guy installed the water heater and when I went out the next day to the garage you could smell propane. Had Lowes come out and they checked everything, only to discover a leak in the internal workings of the water heater itself. Lowes guy had to uninstall the water heater, take it back to Lowes, pick up a new one, and reinstall it.

If I had paid someone else to do it I doubt that would have been the case! If I was gonna do it myself talk about a major PITA not to mention a transportation problem.

In any event the method you're suggesting doesn't sound like a bad one at all. Hopefully yours pays for itself as quickly as mind did Big Grin

GRRR! I'm jelly! Cheapest lowe's has here is $500 and they want $450 to install!
I am going to be putting it in myself...I have never done it before...but it looks pretty easy from the youtube videos I saw....
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Quote from bbm4l1fe View Post :
GRRR! I'm jelly! Cheapest lowe's has here is $500 and they want $450 to install!
I am going to be putting it in myself...I have never done it before...but it looks pretty easy from the youtube videos I saw....
Wow, maybe they went up in the past few years LMAO

It didn't look that difficult to me either just that water can damage a house not to mention propane so I opted for them to do it. At $450 though who knows what I would have done. I would definitely suggest to buy a new gas line and supply line as well. It's easier to change it out now than wait. We pay a lot out here for propane yet power (from solar panels) is pretty damn cheap. Knowing what I know now I'd probably opt for an electric water heater over a propane one.

Best of luck!

Here's a link comparing propane to electricity costs. For me electricity would definitely win but only with solar and the "cheap" power it can provide. Dunno what you pay for electricity or propane, or if you've got an outlet that you could just plug in to but an electric one may be the better option, especially long term even if you have to pay someone to drop a 240v line.

http://www.todayshomeowner.com/ch...er-heater/
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