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Old 05-11-2021, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Cost of replacing water heaters...

Well got home from the store and there is water leaking from the ceiling in the garage... We have two 50 gallon electric water heaters in the attic and ones given up the ghost... I am not sure what it cost to replace but I guess I am going to find out soon. Maybe the wife will let me replace it or I need to see what it will cost for someone in North San Antonio / Bulverde to do it.


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Old 05-11-2021, 05:38 PM   #2
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Go tankless

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Old 05-11-2021, 05:38 PM   #3
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Probably a grand plus or minus.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:39 PM   #4
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Last one I had done was right around $600. Next time, I will go tankless
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:39 PM   #5
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Should be able do do it yourself for under 1100. Hardest part is getting the old ones out.. other than that it's pretty straight forward.

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Old 05-11-2021, 05:40 PM   #6
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My last quote for a fifty gallon was $1200 two years ago. You can do it yourself for a third of that.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:41 PM   #7
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BOTH* for 1100, if done yourself

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Old 05-11-2021, 05:42 PM   #8
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Drain the rest of the water out. Get it out of the attic and get the new one up there. I would replace the existing flex water lines with a new set. Reconnect the water lines and the electrical. Don't turn the power back on until you have bled out all the air and you are SURE the tank is full of water.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:53 PM   #9
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I just replaced a 50 gallon a few weeks ago. It was $600 and the install took about an hour. Getting the new one up and the old one down was 30 minutes of that so pretty dang easy. I bought a hoist for $80 and bolted it on a bar and ran it through the rungs on my little giant ladder and got them in and out of the attic with ease.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:54 PM   #10
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I’d say about a grand
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:56 PM   #11
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$700-800.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:59 PM   #12
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I donít have the fuses I would need to use to do electric tankless
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:10 PM   #13
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I have 2 tankless - just replaced 1 that was 15 years old and it was $3800 to get it installed and everything back up to code! If I were to do it again ( and I will because the other is the same age) I’m going back to a very good quality tank! Tankless work fine for small area’s but they are still very expensive! Replace it yourself if you have a good back .
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:36 PM   #14
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$600-$800 as mentioned above. Maybe a tick more being in the attic
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:50 PM   #15
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Go ahead and do them both while your doing them especially if they are the same age. Get a buddy ( not your wife) to help you and save a bundle.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:54 PM   #16
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Lowe’s has 50 gallon for less than $500. As others have said, if they are both the same age and located together, it might be worth replacing both while you’re at it.
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:09 PM   #17
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Used a two block pulley system for hanging deer etc and replaced mine alone after getting what was a roughly $1,200 quote.

Was a pain in the hot attic but well worth the savings.
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:33 PM   #18
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Just had one replaced in my new house. $1250 for new hot water heater, installation, and removal of two old hot water heaters.
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:58 PM   #19
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Most likely $2k+ from any large plumbing company. Depends on what’s needed for code upgrades, but 50 gallon tanks in an attic typically come with extra charges on install.

If you go the DIY route, and the old tank is full of mineral, you will find out quickly why the price is so high for install.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:01 PM   #20
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Get a buddy to help if you do it yourself. Almost broke my ankle trying to get the old down myself. Really hurt when I then had to pay a plumber because I couldn't walk.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:12 PM   #21
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My tankless sat exposed on the outside of my house. It busted during the freeze a few months ago. No idea on cost...one of the perks of renting I guess. I did look at the cost online for the same model, and they were $2K-$3k. A plumber worked on it first, couldn’t finish the job, so an electrician came to complete the install. Had an extension cord running out of it as a bandaid for a month.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:30 PM   #22
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I'm asking for info..... Cause, I don't understand..........
I've never had one.............
But, can somebody explain the logic, of putting a hot water
tank in the attic..... I don't get it.........
Don't mean to hijack op..............
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:33 PM   #23
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I replace 50-60 gallon electrics often (own several rental houses) and I buy mine for $485 and install them myself and I am NOT that handy. Mine are all ground level though
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:35 PM   #24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sailor View Post
I'm asking for info..... Cause, I don't understand..........
I've never had one.............
But, can somebody explain the logic, of putting a hot water
tank in the attic....
. I don't get it.........
Don't mean to hijack op..............
easy, to save precious A/C floor space in house. Good, bad and otherwise...
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:06 PM   #25
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Just replaced one of my 50 gallon water heater 2 weeks ago with a 75 gallon plastic rheem. I paid 1400.00 for the water heater and installed myself was very easy. The hardest part was getting the old one out it weighed at least 200lb, and I have a big stairway that goes up into attic. Probably will have to replace other water heater soon also it’s 15 years old.
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