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My hot water heater stopped working and I cant afford to buy a new one.

Is there anywhere I can pick up a used one for free or very little money? I'm pretty damn handy and have tools, how difficult would the r&r be? 
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November 15 2010 - Seattle
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i would also check out diy network's website. i think its diy.com. they have a forum for all of your handy man needs.
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January 03 2011
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Hit Craigslist (craigslist.org)

If you want to metasearch lots of craigslist territories, hit Crazedlist (crazedlist.org).

Hope that helps!
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December 30 2010
In our area if you buy one straight from the local gas company, they will split the price of the water heater into small payments on your gas bill.  Might be an option.  Best wishes.
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December 28 2010
Unless the water heater is leaking from rusting through they are almost always easier and cheaper to fix rather than replace.

I have found a ton of great information online for fixing water heaters.

Just Google "electric water heater troubleshooting".

Good luck.

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November 16 2010
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freecycle.com may have something also.
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November 15 2010
I would honestly check out Craigslist in your area.  If you are handy that site has everything for sale.  Pretty good deals too.  Supposedly on of the top 5 most popular websites in America.  If you need something you can find it on there.
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November 15 2010
I agree with wetdawgs- second use has a lot of these items & they are inexpensive... a builders paradise.  Also, Debbie has a good suggestion- I'm not too sure if they do it anymore, but the utilites companies have leased water heaters in the past as well & it doesn't add too much to your monthly billing.  Good luck & sorry to hear about it--- Cold showers--- it think there's no worse form of torture!  :(
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November 15 2010
Arbor -  just a suggestion - check with the public service utility company in your area.

By me,   Public Service Electric and Gas Co will install a new hot water heater, furnace, AC, etc, and spread the payments  out over 12 or 24 months with NO interest.

Maybe there is some similar option near you.

Good luck!
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November 15 2010
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Second use building materials in Seattle often has had water heaters when I've been there.  (Inventory list on line) We've gradually been replacing all our windows using their supplies, and the price is considerably less than new.


I see both gas and electric ones for < $100 in today's inventory list.

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November 15 2010
Gensco sometimes has scratch 'n' dent at a substantial discount.  Give them a call:

Gensco locations

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November 15 2010

I had an electrician replace my element last winter (I have a gas heater) and I think with labor and parts it was about $200.  Didn't take him long to do.  However, I am glad I had a pro do it because he showed me this metal screen the element had burned through, and it didn't look like something you'd want done wrong.

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November 15 2010

It could be the element. Some have 2 elements, one towards the top and one towards the bottom. The elements can get pricey. You can try to possibly find a used water heater on craigslist.org for pretty cheap.

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November 15 2010
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It is an electric and when I tried to reset it by pushing the reset button on it, I heard a pop when I switched the breaker back on. Would this indicate that it is the element? What is involved in replacing this part? 
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November 15 2010
If it's electric, it's probably an element which is inexpensive and easy to change .
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November 15 2010
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what broke on yours, is it electric or gas?  The only place you are going to find a used one, is in the county dump, or recycle center...  they are going to be spent as well.  Your better off putting in a smaller new one for cheaper, if cost is an issue.  Good Luck!
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