Replacing a Gas Water Heater
For context, we bought a townhouse in 2018 that needed a lot of updating. I went overboard on those projects and then had to take a financial hit when we decided to sell on in 2021.
Now, we are buying another home where all the mechanicals are at the end (or beyond) their typical service life. The water heater, for example, is a Fury 40 gallon gas model installed in 2007. It’s in the garage where an eventual leak wouldn’t be much of an issue.
If I had my druthers, I’d swap the Fury for a new 65 gallon Rheem HPWH. It would need a new dedicated 220 VAC circuit, and I’d prefer to duct it to the outside to maximize efficiency.
FWIW, I’ll probably replace the two malfunctioning gas furnaces with a single ducted heat pump. The kitchen is all electric and will stay that way even after we update the appliances.
The “cheapest” solution is probably to wait for the Fury to die and then replace it with another gas water heater. But then, it’s likely I’ll be paying a monthly gas connection charge for a single appliance.
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