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Old 10-09-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hi, I've been looking for a replacement residential tank water heater and am down to two models, one that is slightly taller than my current heater and one that is slightly shorter. My question is, is it generally cheaper/easier for the installer to install the taller heater or the shorter one, considering that the water lines and vent pipe would need to be adjusted in either case? Or does it not matter much?

Both the outgoing heater and the new one are gas powered. Here are the height specs:

Current heater: 60.75"
New heater 1: 60"
New heater 2: 63.5"

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UPDATE: Thanks all for the initial replies. I am attaching some pics of the current heater. BTW, I am located in Greenville, NC, and the heater is located in the attic of a two-story home.
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Kind of hard to say without knowing more about the existing install. Show us a picture of the existing plumbing and venting arrangement

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One more thought---most plumbers will only warranty a heater that they provide--

Most heaters from the big discount store do not have repair parts available locally---so at the very least get Bradford White or a brand stocked at a local plumbing supply house----

I've replaced several almost new Whirlpool heaters that needed parts---but the home owners did not want to wash in cold water for a week while parts were mailed from the manufacturer---Mike----
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yes mike hit it again...box store heaters 1 st are junk and as far as parts wait,wait ,wait.....and most supply houses only wholesale to plumbing contractors....don't know about your area....ben sr sorry your question as to use higher or lower it depends on your chimney opening if you have a high boy you can go with a low boy add plumbing..if you have a low boy you may not have the height to add a high boy....as per b t comment..its tough to get old

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sorry your question as to use higher or lower it don't matter your choice
It may matter, depending on the chimney breech opening height.
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Hi, I've been looking for a replacement residential tank water heater and am down to two models, one that is slightly taller than my current heater and one that is slightly shorter. My question is, is it generally cheaper/easier for the installer to install the taller heater or the shorter one, considering that the water lines and vent pipe would need to be adjusted in either case? Or does it not matter much?

Both the outgoing heater and the new one are gas powered. Here are the height specs:

Current heater: 60.75"
New heater 1: 60"
New heater 2: 63.5"

Thank you.
I just replaced 2 that required me to get the roofer out, 2 story home, to adjust the storm collars. Something to take into consideration if you cannot get on your roof and do it yourself.
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It may matter, depending on the chimney breech opening height.
yep you saved it again bt ...was thinking it was only 3/4" differance...missed it again 63" on tall ben sr

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but since you added the pictures ..you would have enough height to due high or low.... ben sr
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but since you added the pictures ..you would have enough height to due high or low.... ben sr
With those pics up now. I'd go shorted because of the water lines.. But can be done either way.
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Here is a tip that I did to get the old one down, by myself. I bought one of those braided 18 or 24" water supply lines, attached it to the hot and cold side inlets of the old heater and used it as a handle. Then slid it down the stairs.

Be careful if you cant get someone under it at the bottom, it will pull you.

Don't forget to empty it!

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