Long story short: soon after moving into our house 9.5 years ago, the existing water heater died. At the time we were out of cash, so went with a Reliance rental. As the rates increased (to now double what we started with) we knew we wanted to get off the rental and purchase our own, but always found something else to spend the $1000 on.
We've now decided to make it a priority. We called Reliance looking to perhaps buy out the current unit - they want $880
I figured after 8 to 9 years we'd be closer to $400. (hoping for less, but knowing it wasn't likely)
The unit is a GSW 6G40NVH-FV-02 Power vent model. The Reliance rep says that our unit is a "commercial grade" and should last 15+ years. I found a spec sheet for that model @ GSW which lists a 6 year warranty, and seems to fall under the standard household units.
Is there any truth to the "commercial grade" comment? If so, then I can see that $880 isn't terribly out of line.
Otherwise, from the limited searching I've done, I see comparable sized power vent units are $850-$1000, with 6,8,10 year warranties.
If i get a new unit I know I have to change the ABS to PVC (or whatever that new code standard is) but it's a simple, single 45 degree bend and 6' straight out the wall.
My gut says to get a new one - but don't see a lot of options, so would like some advice on brands in that case - but if the currently installed unit has the potential lifespan they're trying to tell me, I will break even on the buyout in 2 years 8 months.