How to install a propane hot water heater?

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  • #20580
    WashingtonWife
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    Hello!

    Our 50 gallon propane hot water heater cannot be repaired. The propane water heaters were a lot more expensive than a comparable gas or electric model. We consulted with two companies for installation, and all were about $550-625 for installation only. Is this a normal price range? If so, why is propane more than gas to install?

    Is this something that my husband can do himself? He’s quite handy and has a lot of mechanical and DIY experience. He’s careful, takes his time and does a lot of research before projects. We would, of course, get permits, ect. Do we need a pro for this?

    Thank you so much.

    #20593
    Larry Weingarten
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    Hello: If you’re getting a permit, nothing big and wrong should slip by. Propane is heavier than air, so can pool and cause all sorts of trouble. As long as you put in a catchment to drain off leaking propane, things should be good. Other than that, installation is much like other heaters.

    Yours, Larry

    #20596
    WashingtonWife
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    Thank you so much. I feel so much better knowing it’s like a regular heater. I will tell my husband. I knew propane was heavier and needed the catchment. I guess that’s why everyone I called quoted me double the price…because they could, lol.

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