So I go and find out it's on clearance all over the state of TX. I also find out that it went to a penny in all Houston stores. The only store that had one yesterday was in Little York (they wouldn't give it up even at the last clearance price). So I go into Home Depot and ask if they can do any better on the price here in Lake Worth. They say no. I asked will you take a coupon from Harbor Freight 20% off. (this coupon was not printed off my printer but was one they sent in the mail, it was in one of those coupon envelopes with a whole bunch of others for my local area) Well they said no to coupon. I then said oh well not buying it and walked out. They kept trying as I was walking away throwing a few numbers but they were only like $60 off. But before I left I did get a picture of the price tag at Home Depot.
Now I have a coupon and have the price of the unit on my phone with a picture; and was armed to get a price match and use the 20% off. Lol I walked in asked the person in the tool dept if I could use the coupon. Who then asked the manager and they said yes. But I didn't ask anything about water heaters or about the price match. Once I walked over to the plumping dept and looked at the water heaters. They had the same type of model with better reviews for only $999.20. (freaking $49 cheaper Sweet!!!) I then asked do you have this model in stock and he said yes we have one left. lol
They get it down and I immediately went to go buy it. The cashier has to call a manager over to get it approved. (the 20% off) The same manager comes an say point blank "I thought you were buying tools with this coupon". I looked at him and said "Nope you never said I had to use this coupon on tools". A bit pissed he gave it to me at $799.20. What works out for everyone else is that you can either try the same trick I did or just use a price match with the sales receipt. (You could try the price match first because they didn't show any where they took off a certain amount.)
Good luck Happy Hunting
A lot of Home Depot's had this model on Display. They are the same unit and isn't just a dead unit with missing parts or just a display. So if the store only has a display it might be worth wild. Even at Lowe's display might be worth wild.
This site above will not work with Lowe's but here's their Inventory.
Sku # 79425
I recommend going with Lowe's since it's a better water heater, and their warranty goes for the entire length of 11 years. I don't think correct me if I'm wrong but I think theirs are only 3 & 5 after the first year is up. (or when Labor warranty is up that's when Home Depot extended warranty starts.)
This is the updated model. Didn't get to compare the two. Just by the looks it seems shorter and the intake and vent are both at the top. Not sure how this would work better with the return so close. But does seem easier when cleaning the filter.
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