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Old 01-06-2007, 01:15 PM  
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Default Don't lay water heater on side?

I was told not to lay my hot water heater (electric) on it's side during transport.

Is this just a myth or does doing this harm something in it?



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Old 01-06-2007, 01:51 PM  
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Does it say that on the shipping carton? I'll tell you if my electric works tonight after I put it in--I transported it about 10 miles on its side...



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I hauled mine 20 miles on its side and it has been working for 10 years.
I don't know of any reason it could not be laid on its side.
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:25 AM  
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I have hauled both gas and electric water heaters on their sides and have never had a problem with them working. With the way they are boxed I wonder if the company is conerned with denting the exterior metal casing or cracking the glass liner. Seems like that could happen pretty easiliy if bounced around. THey have to be made to take a litlle abuse, haven't seen many situations where you can get one down a steep flight of stairs without laying it over part way at least.

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Mine works great!. I did notice at least 6 returned water heaters at Lowes the other day that were damaged --- maybe from handling.

I did put a few dents and creases in mine but it's OK....

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The long Inlet pipe and the anode could possibly be damaged when the water heater is handled roughly, but laying it on it's side shouln't damage a new water heater

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It's for the same reason you transport Windows upright.

Hitting a good bump will put stress on the interior glass liner. It may not shatter but it could get spiderweb fractures that can lead to the hot water tank rupturing.

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Water Heater Myths, Dispelled
Laying them on their side will not hurt them.
The damaged ones at Lowes have usually been slid off a tailgate on their side which damages the jacket (which is 1-1/2 to 2" from the inner tank, they would still work just fine they just look like hell.
The long fill tube is simply a piece of copper tubing, flared to keep it from falling down in there. Many of them are plastic now; you can stick a finger down in them, bend it and come out with the tube.
The annode rod is a piece of metal that is there to sacrifice itself in protection of the water heater; they are usually eaten up by the end of the first year.
The "glass lining" is simply a special paint sprayed on the inside of the inner tank. Think of the old fashioned porcelain cook ware.
If the water is hot it doesn't need heating; therefore, we call it a water heater rather than a hot water heater.
The biggest enemy of the water heater is the sediment that collects in the bottom; a gas water heater that is rumbling is the water bubbling up through the sediment. In an electric water heater it simply shorts out the lower element, or in the case of a "Sand-Hog" element it continues to heat the sediment which heats the water. Heat rises. A new water heater may weigh 60 pounds or so, while the one it is replacing weighs 160 pounds; that's the sediment.
If your water heater temperature is set too high, you are heating water in the incoming lines. All water heaters should have a temperature/pressure relief valve (commonly called a T & P valve) with the relief line terminated 2" above a concrete floor that has a floor drain, OR if it is piped outside, it should terminate 4" above the ground. These terminations will prevent scalding.
Some municipalities require a backflow preventer on the water main (usually at the water meter) now which means the water heater must have an expansion tank added to the incoming line.
If there is anyone I have not throughly confused; just post back and I will try again.
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Do they make a filter you can install before the water heater to help remove sediment?

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Yep, Look for "whole House" water filters. BUT, the anode will still disentigrate and drop to the bottom of your heater and you might be surprised what can get through a whole house water filter. I see the glass filter housings in Chicken houses occasionally and it makes me think twice about drinking tap water.



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