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Yet another water heater question....

Old 09-17-2020, 03:32 AM
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Today is the 20th anniversary of moving into my house. It has a standard 50 gal water heater/tank in the garage. For the last 18 years the water heater has been wrapped in an insulation blanket and it has never been flushed/cleaned/elements replaced/etc. And yet it continues to work ok.

I plan to sell the home in about 2 years.

At this point would it be advisable to:

Drain/Flush
Drain/Flush/Replace elements/thermostats
Proactively replace with new 'classic' water heater/tank
Proactively replace with new 'hybrid' water heater/tank
Let her ride! What's the worst that could happen?

Thanks for the combined wisdom of the village.
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Each situation is different based on water quality, usage habits, temp setting, sacrificial anode type, quality of water heater, and if you are having any problems.

For example, if there is no sediment in your water, there is absolutely no reason to flush a water heater. If the ph of your water is good and you don;t have sediment, the anode will last a long time as will the elements and the tank. If you have bad ph and water is corrossive, you are sitting on a ticking time bomb and it likely should have been replaced already.

There are some indicators of a failing water heater.

1. Do you ever run out of water?
2. Does it take excessively long to get hot water
3. Has your electric bill been abnormally high or low while experienceing a shortage of hot water.
4. Does the pressure relief valve work freely or is it stuck and corroded?
5. Does your hot water have an unpleasant sulphur smell not noticed in the cold water
6. Are there signs of leaking in the drip pan or on the floor
7. Have you ever noticed corrosion or mineral buildup eleswhere such as shower heads, faucets, drains, frequent replacement of refrigerator water filters etc. that would indicate that you have mineral or sediment issues?
8. Do you have a water softener.
9. Are you on well water
10. Does your water frequently smell like chlorine or dry your skin excessively.
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don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
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Originally Posted by 1blueheron View Post
1. Do you ever run out of water?
2. Does it take excessively long to get hot water
3. Has your electric bill been abnormally high or low while experienceing a shortage of hot water.
4. Does the pressure relief valve work freely or is it stuck and corroded?
5. Does your hot water have an unpleasant sulphur smell not noticed in the cold water
6. Are there signs of leaking in the drip pan or on the floor
7. Have you ever noticed corrosion or mineral buildup eleswhere such as shower heads, faucets, drains, frequent replacement of refrigerator water filters etc. that would indicate that you have mineral or sediment issues?
8. Do you have a water softener.
9. Are you on well water
10. Does your water frequently smell like chlorine or dry your skin excessively.
If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Morgan & Morgan.
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
This ^^
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you.
This! aint broke dont fix it!
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1. Do you ever run out of water?
2. Does it take excessively long to get hot water
3. Has your electric bill been abnormally high or low while experienceing a shortage of hot water.
4. Does the pressure relief valve work freely or is it stuck and corroded?
5. Does your hot water have an unpleasant sulphur smell not noticed in the cold water
6. Are there signs of leaking in the drip pan or on the floor
7. Have you ever noticed corrosion or mineral buildup eleswhere such as shower heads, faucets, drains, frequent replacement of refrigerator water filters etc. that would indicate that you have mineral or sediment issues?
8. Do you have a water softener.
9. Are you on well water
10. Does your water frequently smell like chlorine or dry your skin excessively.
1. No, but it was just 2 of us (now 1).
2. No
3. No.
4. No idea.
5. No.
6. No.
7. Not when the whole house water softener is functioning.
8. Most of the time. Sometimes forget to check/add salt.
9. No, it's county water.
10. No.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
1. No, but it was just 2 of us (now 1).
2. No
3. No.
4. No idea.
5. No.
6. No.
7. Not when the whole house water softener is functioning.
8. Most of the time. Sometimes forget to check/add salt.
9. No, it's county water.
10. No.

Since you indicate you have a water softener, it is likely that your tank will suffer from premature anode deterioration. I would suggest you remove the anode and inspect/replace. If the anode is completely shot, it is likely that the tank and elements are also about to go. It is also important to make sure the anode is of the proper type for your water. They come in several different flavors. This is one of the more common issues being encountered by buying water heaters online. In the old days Plumbing suppliers and plumbers pretty much knew what the water was like in various localities and ordered tanks with appropriate anodes to avoid having to replace under warranty. Now many plumbers have no clue what an anode is and online suppliers ship whatever they have and most don't even know what the anode composition is if you ask.

https://www.aricoplumbing.com/waterheater-anode-rods
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If it ain't broke don't fix it. At the FIRST sign of leakage replace it. Use it as bargaining chip for the sale.
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If you replace it now, it'll be 2 years old when you sell the house. Wait until it needs to be replaced!!
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My guess is it will come up during the inspection when you sell the house. If you're going to have to buy one why not buy it so you can use it for the next two years?
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Leave it as a decoy for the buyers home inspector to “Find,” when you sell. It’ll be a relatively cheap/easy way to appease the buyer before closing.

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Well, I let her ride. And today when I went into the garage there was a slow stream of water emanating from the water heater heading towards the garage door and driveway.

It turns out to be a 70 gal tall water heater. It's hard to find larger than 50 gal at Lowes/Home Despot.

I'm thinking about installing the new one myself. Both of my plumbers are scheduling for early May unless I want to declare an 'emergency'. I don't. I have a water heater/full bathroom in the detached garage/workshop so I'm good for a few days.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Well, I let her ride. And today when I went into the garage there was a slow stream of water emanating from the water heater heading towards the garage door and driveway.

It turns out to be a 70 gal tall water heater. It's hard to find larger than 50 gal at Lowes/Home Despot.

I'm thinking about installing the new one myself. Both of my plumbers are scheduling for early May unless I want to declare an 'emergency'. I don't. I have a water heater/full bathroom in the detached garage/workshop so I'm good for a few days.
Ours was an 80 gallon. The closest we found was a Rheem Commercial 75 gallon non-metallic unit. Not cheap, but conventional design with lifetime warranty (no metal tank). We'll see how it lasts. We had to order ours from Home Depot. It was not a stock item.
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After having one let go inside the house, I moved mine outside in a small enclosure behind the house. If it blows, the worst thing that will happen is I will waste some water.
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Originally Posted by MSChE View Post
Ours was an 80 gallon. The closest we found was a Rheem Commercial 75 gallon non-metallic unit. Not cheap, but conventional design with lifetime warranty (no metal tank). We'll see how it lasts. We had to order ours from Home Depot. It was not a stock item.
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After having one let go inside the house, I moved mine outside in a small enclosure behind the house. If it blows, the worst thing that will happen is I will waste some water.
Coveniently the slab/floor of the garage sits about 5" below the house slab so a water spill in the garage is fairly safe.

Since I'm planning to relocate (smaller) in the next year I didn't want to put much money in the replacement water heater going large or hybrid, $439 and about $40 for the extra parts for installation from home despot for the 50 gallon Rheem.
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I'm just glad that you didn't call it a hot water heater.
Or need advise while running the intercoastal trolling with planners for mahi.
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The new water heater is installed and putting out hot water. Hurray. I set the thermostat to 135 as I like HOT water.

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