Replacing water heater stand vs. tankless


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Old 02-23-15, 12:46 AM
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Replacing water heater stand vs. tankless

How hard is it to change the existing wood stand to a metal stand?

My water heater is about 20 years. It costs about $500 for a new electrical and the stand is about $50. If I have the water heater changed, I can get someone to change the stand too. Existing water heater is still working fine.

Also, if I go for a tankless water heater, what are your thoughts? I know in natural disasters, there would be no water reservoir.
 
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Old 02-23-15, 03:02 AM
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Tankless water heaters hang on the wall. They don't set on the floor or a stand. Electrical for an electric tankless could be $1000-$3000 depending on your current electrical service.

From a previous thread (http://www.doityourself.com/forum/bo...st-demand.html):

They save you nothing .
Cost more to own.
Cost more to install.
Need to run new dedicated gas line.
Need to run new electric line.
Break down more often because of sensitive electronics and parts.
Get cold slugs of water(sandwich efect)
Takes longer for HW to get to the tap.
More often need expensive steel venting for the units..

For the cost of installing one tankless unit I can install 4 conventional units. If the conventional lasted 10 years each thats 40 yrs.

Compared to the less then 10 the tankless will last. ( I have not seen one my self not last more then 6 years without issues, or being completely replaced. Usually from a costly electrical failure.

Although I never saw one leak...LOL
 

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Old 02-23-15, 07:32 AM
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Tankless heaters sound good on paper but seldom end up being a good choice in the real world. In the case of an electrical unit, a service upgrade to the building is often in order to provide the power needed.
 
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Old 02-23-15, 07:36 AM
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Ray,

I think when he said $500 for a new electrical, he meant for a new electric WH, not for rewiring for a tankless.
 
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Old 02-23-15, 08:10 AM
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I think when he said $500 for a new electrical, he meant for a new electric WH, not for rewiring for a tankless.
I read the first post 6 times and still don't know what he meant.
 
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It would appear that the OP has a currently working old hot water heater and is looking to replace the stand. It would probably most effective to replace the stand and heater at the same time for $550.

It would appear that the OP is also considering switching to a tankless and would like our opinion. I believe most of us would recommend not switching to a tankless water heater.
 
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I have edited my post. Thanks guys for catching my misread.
 
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Old 02-23-15, 09:21 AM
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My apology if my original post was unclear. I saw on Lowes, the Tankless is about 1k: Shop Tankless Water Heaters at Lowes.com!

Regardless, I will stay away from the tankless.

With that being said, my electrical water heater is 20 years old. It is still working fine. Should I replace it? If yes, then I will have the stand be replaced too.
 
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I wouldn't necessarily replace it but I would start figuring out what it's replacement is going to be.
 
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Old 02-23-15, 02:36 PM
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my electrical water heater is 20 years old. It is still working fine. Should I replace it? If yes, then I will have the stand be replaced too.
It's pretty old and already beyond it's normal useful life, but who knows, it could last another 5 years. It's just a decision you have to make. FYI.....the prices on all tank type water heaters will be going up when the new efficiency regulations take effect in April. The electric 55 gallon and larger models will go up substantially due to added insulation and becoming a heat pump type water heater.
 
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Another consideration of the new April 2015 standards is that all tanks will be larger with more insulation. A 55 gal elec with heat pump will be a whole bunch bigger.
 
 

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