Installing new Natural Gas Water


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Old 06-25-14, 11:41 AM
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Installing new Natural Gas Water

Since cost/hr can vary, can anyone give me a rough idea as to the time it should take for installing a 40 gallon natural gas water heater? For a plumbing expert, is this a 2 hour job?

My intent is to swap in a similar but new model Rheem unit. My old one has 10+ years on it and is leaking around the base.

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I've done them in 20 minutes and others can take a couple hours. Where the unit is located and how easy the access is can have a big impact. Also the houses existing plumbing makes a difference. PEX is reliably quick & easy while sweating copper or dealing with threaded galvanized can take longer.
 
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Thanks. I was thinking 2 hours would be a good estimate for an upper limit.

Anyone have unbiased (or rationally biased) opinions as to a good 40 gallon nat gas unit? Current one is a Rheem.

I do not completely trust online reviews since it is proven that companies pay people to give good reviews and in some cases leave bad reviews for competing products.

Thanks again!
 
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Old 06-25-14, 03:34 PM
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2 hours average for a gas heater...

AO smith is all I use and install... As a plumber I have installed them all.

Can be bought at your local Ferguson dealer. I just bought one for my home. Was $364 bucks...
 
 

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