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Old 10-10-2012, 09:36 PM   #16
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"Guaranteed never to rust" does NOT mean it won't leak. Someone should bomb that factory.

It's guaranteed not to leak as well. Marathon is the only water heater with that warranty. Check their warranty. And the water temperature of a water heater isn't enough to do anything to the threads. Sounds like installer error.

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The first quote I received came about to about a $300 installation charge per tank, assuming everything is 'perfect' and they don't add anything extra on for having to walk up a flight of stairs or something.

This sure looks like a job I can handle myself with a friend to save $600+.

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If you can sweat pipe or solder copper as some people call it, you should be able to replace your water heaters with a friends help.

Here's a good tip. Make sure you have all the supplies you need, have a plan and start in the morning. I have seen several people DIY and they get stuck because they need 1 part after Home Depot closes. Start early and you can always run to the store if needed.
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And the water temperature of a water heater isn't enough to do anything to the threads. Sounds like installer error.
Read page 21 : http://www.marathonheaters.com/useandcareguide.pdf


It doesn't say why, but we've been down that road before.


Interesting about the leaking though. You are right. For some reason I remember their slogan being "guaranteed not to rust" Who knows.
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The first quote I received came about to about a $300 installation charge per tank, assuming everything is 'perfect' and they don't add anything extra on for having to walk up a flight of stairs or something.

This sure looks like a job I can handle myself with a friend to save $600+.

Any gotchas to look out for?
Don't know if $300 is reasonable since I installed my heater myself. It isn't all that difficult. You do need a 120V receptacle nearby for the heater's control circuitry. As for the gas line, I paid the gas company $100 to run it for me - just not something I wanted to mess with. In some places (though not here), it is illegal to work on gas lines unless you're licensed.
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Replace your sacrificial anode and tanks will last much longer.
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We had a Titan tankless in our previous house. It was less than three years old when it caught fire. Flames were coming out of the vents at the top. Cut off breaker and grabbed a fire extinguisher but it was too late, the heat caused the compression fittings on the water pipes to expand and the pipe burst outwards, twisting it behind the wall and putting out the fire.

New house has a tank heater. I like it.
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