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Old 02-20-2018, 08:58 PM
 
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I need to replace my tank it's leaking, current one is 75 gallon but we only have 2 people, so thinking about just a 40 or 50 gallon water heater. But in 4,5 years we might sell the house so also thinking about 75 gallon so it will appeal more to the potential buyer (house got 5.5 bathrooms)

How big of difference if I just get a 40 or 50 gallon tank? How much will it put off the new buyer, maybe it will get deducted and re-negotiated in price? or no big deal? thanks for the help.
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Old 02-20-2018, 09:08 PM
 
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I need to replace my tank it's leaking, current one is 75 gallon but we only have 2 people, so thinking about just a 40 or 50 gallon water heater. But in 4,5 years we might sell the house so also thinking about 75 gallon so it will appeal more to the potential buyer (house got 5.5 bathrooms)

How big of difference if I just get a 40 or 50 gallon tank? How much will it put off the new buyer, maybe it will get deducted and re-negotiated in price? or no big deal? thanks for the help.
Do those bathrooms include at least one large jetted tub? If not, a 50 might suffice. YMMV
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Old 02-20-2018, 09:13 PM
 
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yeah in master bed it got 1 large jetted tub.

So going from existing 75 to 50 the job will need a permit? need a professional plumber to do that right and it will cost more. Handyman can't do it?

Got kinda confused some say it's an easy job just hire a handyman do it, no need to spend 10x hire a pro. Some said it got gas involved and need to bring up to code so get a pro.

also house and gas water heater are both 12 years old. 5 bedroom 5.5 bath. thanks for the help.

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Old 02-20-2018, 10:30 PM
 
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A house that size needs the 75 gal one. Don't cheap out. You will pay when you go to sell it.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:44 PM
 
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I agree with the others. This sounds like a house ideal for a large family. 40 gal is what we have for just two of us (2200 sq ft 2.5 baths) and I plan to upgrade it once it gives out.

Get the large one for a replacement. That's something a buyer would notice.
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Old 02-21-2018, 01:45 AM
 
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I agree. I would normally say to go with your needs for greater efficiency but considering the size of the house and your likelihood of sale, I think a small tank would just appear wrong for the house. I always like when everything in a home fits neatly and things are done right. It's also bad for the planet if the next owner has to replace it prematurely because it's the wrong fit for the home.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:38 AM
 
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Biggest option or a tankless are your best bet. The smaller water heaters stink when you have a home where more than one or two people are water users. I personally have never regretted paying for a Rinnai.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:15 AM
 
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I need to replace my tank it's leaking
we only have 2 people, so thinking about just a 40 ...
Get the basic 40 gallon WH that will meet YOUR needs for the duration.

Your buyer, if/when that day comes, can rip it out if inclined.
Or... they could add the second basic 40 gallon WH that would work well.
Or... maybe even go whole hog with a tankless WH.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:25 AM
 
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yeah 40/50 or 75, still deciding.

To change the tank my county needs permit, so if I have a handyman do it and he doesn't provide permit, later I need to sell the house then what?

quotes so far 2100 to 2300 for a 75 gallon, 1000 to 1250 for 50 gallon, with permit, code updates, haul off old unit. Prices seem reasonable? most brands they got are AO smith, Bradley white (also my current leaking one). Asked to include model number on yelp so I can check ratings online but no one included it. Did a quick search online those brands seem ok so I guess I will just go with whatever they bring in.

The existing one's height is 62 inches, that's "short" not "tall" right?https://www.supplyhouse.com/Bradford...Heater-Nat-Gas
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:26 AM
 
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Get the basic 40 gallon WH that will meet YOUR needs for the duration.
That's what I would do. If you're going to be living there for another five years, you'll be heating a LOT of extra water that you don't need with a 75 gallon tank. I have a 50 gallon tank for my household and I plan to downsize. Point of use tanks are an option to consider. Tankless, too.
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