Ok, so last nite on the way home from work I stopped at Lowes to check into the whole water-heater thing. I had not had time to completely empty the closet behind which the dread water-heater lurks like a brown recluse ready to spring out and bite you...
So I don't know what size, how many gallons, or anything. My boss and his son confirmed that I probably have a natural-gas water heater, as it goes "WHOOSH" audibly when it starts up, much like the broiler mechanism on my oven.
So I ask for some assistance - because I want to know what I need to measure, how I need to measure, and what all is included in their installation package offer. What I got was scared off.
First off, apparently the mental defective who is the Customer "Service" person for the water heater area doesn't like women in his domain. Talk about a nasty greeting. Then, of course, I should KNOW how many gallons, how tall, how large diameter &etc are on my old water heater that is behind 3 tons of winter coats, my collection of board games, the vacuum cleaner, floor scrubber, carpet steamer, toolbox, seldom-used silver set, garden hose, table extension-leaves, "Merkan" flag for occasional outdoor display, collapsable lawn chairs, TV dinner trays, supply of freezer bags, box of floor-care-machine-add-ons, and possibly a partridge in a pear tree - and has been since the day I moved in, in fact, I've never once seen it, as I'd have to remove the shelves above the coat-hanging bar in order to open the bifold doors that hide this beast from ever seeing the light of day.
He then proceeded to rattle off about how installation is $274 PLUS permits, PLUS if I was mentally defective and hadn't measured correctly, then they would charge me $30 for someone to come out and give an ESTIMATE on how much it would cost to install it, and .... well... I politely thanked him and left him alone with his precious water heaters.
I think I'll go to Sears instead.