ford oil fired water heater replacement

Old 12-29-08, 05:13 PM
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Question ford oil fired water heater model 3016e replacement

i have a 15 year or older ford oil fired water heater. it works fine BUT i am wondering about replacement options. There is some surface rust on the exterior sheetmetal . The burner runs fine and it heats water just fine.

Can you just remove the burner and install it on another storage tank? or just buy a whole new unit? How much are the new units installed? How Long do these units last before you should replace and what should i look for if it is starting to go bad?

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Old 12-29-08, 06:16 PM
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If you like to do stuff yourself, I'd consider replacing the anode in the water tank. That might extend the life of the tank a number of years.

They can be something of a SOB to get out. A piece of pipe on the end of the biggest wrench you have to serve as a cheater bar can help.

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