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Old 02-23-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Well, my water heater is manufactured in 1969 and I think it's finally starting to consider giving up on me.

It's a 40 gal nat. gas one.

Is there any science to this? It's a small 1.5 bathroom house so i'm not going fancy or tankless - just need something similar.

OK to just grab a 40 gallon one at one of the local big box stores?

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Yep, sounds like any natural gas water heater would work for you. If you haven't had any issues with running out of hot water quickly then staying with a 40gal model would make sense, otherwise you could upgrade to a larger 50 or 60gal model. The tradeoff is obviously a higher purchase cost as well as operating cost. Also if your water heater has a tight fit wherever you have it situated, the larger model might not be an option.

All in all not much to it. I replaced my 40gal two years ago, two trips to Lowes and half a Saturday and I was good to go. Good luck!

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Yep, sounds like any natural gas water heater would work for you. If you haven't had any issues with running out of hot water quickly then staying with a 40gal model would make sense, otherwise you could upgrade to a larger 50 or 60gal model. The tradeoff is obviously a higher purchase cost as well as operating cost. Also if your water heater has a tight fit wherever you have it situated, the larger model might not be an option.

All in all not much to it. I replaced my 40gal two years ago, two trips to Lowes and half a Saturday and I was good to go. Good luck!
I replaced mine about 3 years ago, and totally agree with fetzer about the size of the unit, make sure you check DIA and overall height. Another consideration when picking out a new one with height in reference is will the new exhaust match up correctly. You also might need to check with your local code to verify if you need a update to any of the plumbing for the unit or expansion tank. I know here where I live if someone sees a old tank out by the road, most likely you will see a local inspector showing up at their house to check if it was installed properly because an expansion tank is code here from what I understand.
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No issues w/ space at all - the old one is hanging out on a big empty space next to the furnace. I should post a pic of it - you guys will get a kick out of it. It's pink and made of copper!

Maybe I'll consider upgrading to a 50gal instead of the 40 since we are thinking about adding a family member in the next 1.5 - 2 yrs.

I will probably call someone to have it installed - I am pretty handy but i HAAAAATE sweating pipe.
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Just make sure the P/T release works and is discharged at the right height above the floor. No threads, caps or restrictions allowed on the discharge.

The altitude record for one from the basement through a two story home is over 300' due to improper or obstructed relief. On the "Myth Busters" TV show they got to about 500' through a flimsy roof.

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I LOOOOVED that episode of Mythbusters!

So P/T .... Pressure / ????? What does the T mean?

So if I understand you correct - I can't attach a hose to the pressure relief pipe and run it to a sink?

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It's pink and made of copper!
How much is the scrap metal guy going to give you for it?? Might pay for the new one.
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How much is the scrap metal guy going to give you for it?? Might pay for the new one.
I'm not sure, but there is no way in hell I am just going to let the guy haul it away haha. I'm going to see if I can get a little $ for it first.

Not sure if I should crack it open or what......
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40 gallon plenty big, you will end up spending more on a bigger model whenyou need not. rule of thumb is 5 gallons per fixture. tub,lav,kit,dishwasher,laundry,another lav. don't overkill especially when your heater is heating up 24 hrs a day , no need to pay for a bigger unit when not needed. if you need to save money, they do make flexible hookups to make it easier, which are compression
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might find a bootlegger on craigs list for nice still. you probably need a plumber to make gas connection legit even if its an easy hookup, worth checking
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40 gallon plenty big, you will end up spending more on a bigger model whenyou need not. rule of thumb is 5 gallons per fixture. tub,lav,kit,dishwasher,laundry,another lav. don't overkill especially when your heater is heating up 24 hrs a day , no need to pay for a bigger unit when not needed. if you need to save money, they do make flexible hookups to make it easier, which are compression
I understand your logic but this is not the only thing to consider. If you have 5 or 6 people living in a house and you all bathe in the morning, I seriously doubt a 40gal will cut it unless you've got a very restrictive shower head and you take speed showers.
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I went with 50g as I like long hot showers quite often
We have 3 people now in our family plus MIL is here 1-2 days a week
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I would go electric or power vent
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Check pricing on a bigger model anyway. These guys are all saying more expensive for bigger, but around here, we pay more for a 40 gal than a 50 gal.

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