Water heater. To change or not to change?

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  1. Jan 19, 2012 #1

    IZZY

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    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?
     
  2. Jan 19, 2012 #2

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    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.
     
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    Gas. Thanks for the "change it" vote. I'm leaning that way. Anyone else?
     
  4. Jan 20, 2012 #4

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    They never give when you have nothing else to do.
     
  5. Jan 20, 2012 #5

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    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.
     
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    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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