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IZZY 01-19-2012 12:56 PM

Water heater. To change or not to change?
 
I've got a 22 year old 40 gallon water heater that works great, no leaks. Considering the age, should I replace it before it fails at a bad time or has it got some years left in it?

strategery 01-19-2012 04:07 PM

Gas or electric?

For the length of time that water heater has lasted, it's served you very well. With that said, I think problems will be right around the corner. If it were me, I'd probably start shopping for a new one. I like to stay ahead of problems and prevent them before they happen but that's just me. The first problem might be a small leak or something. Not a disaster but can be an inconvenience.

IZZY 01-19-2012 05:14 PM

Gas. Thanks for the "change it" vote. I'm leaning that way. Anyone else?

nealtw 01-19-2012 05:31 PM

They never give when you have nothing else to do.

joecaption 01-20-2012 03:29 PM

Ticking time bomb waiting to happen.
When you replace it add a pan under it with a drain. If it does leakit will drain off and not damage the house.

Redwood 01-21-2012 10:04 AM

Unless it was a water heater constructed of long life materials such as the Rheem Marathon; Heat Transfer Products SuperStor Ultra, Everlast or, Phoenix; or, another brand with a Stainless Steel, Moly, Copper or, Plastic tank I would regard it as a time bomb waiting to happen.


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