Hi everyone, are there any hot water heater gurus out there?
I just purchased a GE 50 gallon gas hot water heater to help distract me from enjoying television shows this weekend. Actually my 14 year old heater started leaking and I think I caught it just in time..
Question - the new GE "Smartwater" heater looks like it's supposed to sit directly on the ground. My old heater had these 3" "legs" on the bottom to lift it off the basement floor. I read some material elsewhere that said I should be "shimming" my heater to make sure it's level as well.
I looked at the bottom of the new heater and don't see any mounting holes for anything....is this supposed to just sit directly on the pavement? I did run across a site that mentioned putting a 'pad' down to save me $20 a year on heat loss. I'm not sure I trust that necessarily, but the lifts seem like a good idea, but I also don't want to go fabricate some custom thing that shouldn't be used. I'm in the midwest, so the basement floors get quite cold, so I can see the general idea of getting the thing off the ground but don't recall seeing anything at Lowes/Home Depot as far as a hot water heater 'stand' goes...except some huge table-like thing they have on their web site...
Any suggestions/thoughts (even a few prayers) are appreciated!