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Old 08-22-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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hot water tank help needed

HI, im new here so a big hello.

Our hot water tank bottom split yesterday. So we have been without hot water now for 24 hours.

We have a 40 Gallon, gas, power vented tank.

I've been calling around to get estimates and many here in BC, Canada are saying the tank itself is about $1500...ouch

The real kicker is we replaced the power fan about 6 months ago for about 300 hundred dollars.

A few questions:

IS it best to stay with gas, power vented and bit the bullet to get the whole thing replaced for about $2000?

Would it be better to upgrade our service panel (currently full) with a 240V and wire a plugin in the furnace room to allow us to get an electric tank to save on tank costs?

Also, Is it possible to put our existing power vent fan (6 months old) on a regular gas tank to save money on a new tank? Or to buy a tank minus the power vent.

New tank suggestions?

any help or suggestions would be appreciated

thank you kindly


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Old 08-22-2010, 01:10 PM   #2
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don't know about canada, but where I am the tanks run around 1000 bucks. sounds like the quote you got has a 50% markup on the tank, which is about what my markup is as well. I think Home Depot has one for around 900, maybe order that and pay someone to install it? Another idea is to call your gas supplier and ask if they have tanks they sell. A lot of times they'll have good tanks that aren't so expensive. As for electric, the tanks are cheaper, and much easier to work on when there is problems, but you won't save much money this time around if you have to upgrade your service. And no, you can't put your new fan on a standard tank, it'll probably kill you (carbon monoxide)


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Old 08-22-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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Electric water heaters usually cost a lot more to operate in terms of energy costs, compared with gas heaters.

Electric heaters take longer to heat up the tankful of water.

Is your current water heater vent a chimney or vertical pipe to the roor? Can you get a non-power-venting gas heater? How much would that model cost?
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
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