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Old 03-11-2009, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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Just had someone stop by to give an estimate on the Rinnai water heater.

I am looking at installing a propane version. The contractor will be installing the heater in the crawl space and venting through a brick/cinderblock wall. The propane tank is located on the other side of the home. The estimate is $2500 installed. Also, from what I can tell, this will qualify for the tax credit (30% up to $1500) in the newest stimulus package.

Does this cost seem reasonable to you and what did you pay (and your area)?

Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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that's a good price.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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We paid $2800 which included installation. Prices may vary depending on where you are located.
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Wishing It Was Wisconsin
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Ours is $2125 installed, labor and tax. After rebates and tax credit, it will end up about $1400 or a little less then that.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:03 AM
 
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Default Purchasing water heater

Im trying to replace my 40 gallion tank but do not have alarge budget do not know how t start looking for on since i dont know alot about them
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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To OP: Which model heater? To me this sounds like about $1500 of installation costs.

To replace a tank on a low budget... get another tank.
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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We paid $2800 for the largest non-commercial Rennai - but then they installed it wrong and subsequently left the state, so we are nto done paying.
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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FWIW, I am not crazy about putting furnaces and water heaters in crawl spaces, makes them harder to service and the environment is generally dirty, full of bugs, etc.

If practical I'd put it somewhere else. Being propane, you shouldn't put it in a basement because any propane leakage would "pool" there, being heavier than air.

Depending on prices for propane and electric, you may or may not save much (any) money on this.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:45 PM
 
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I have seen it done twice. And know a third person with one. The two I am familiar with were $1600 (800 for installation/rerouting pipe and 800 for the heater itself) and the other was about 3600. The price spread made no sense since the cheaper one was for a larger house but that owner was also something of a bargain shopper and we had it done at the same time as a kitchen remodel and slight alteration to the utility room so that might have brought it down some.

BTW- you can mount the Rinnai on the ecterior of the home if you want to skip putting it in a crawlspace. I would actually have a pan and drain beneath it at the interior since I found out that third person had one when she missed work because it broke and flooded her home.
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