When to replace water heater?

Old 03-28-08, 09:21 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 12
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
When to replace water heater?

My water heater works great! But it was installed in 1981 and has a couple holes in the outside casing of the tank. I'm afraid it might spring a leak. Do I wait for it to stop working or start to leak or should I replace it now?
Old 03-28-08, 10:02 AM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 917
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
You got your moneys worth out of that one-I would replace it
Old 03-28-08, 10:49 AM
Ed Imeduc's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Mountain Williams Missouri
Posts: 17,505
Upvotes: 0
Received 1 Upvote on 1 Post

like said go for a new one now. Then you wont have a mess toclean up
Old 03-28-08, 11:07 AM
Gunguy45's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 19,281
Received 8 Upvotes on 8 Posts
Do you have a pan under it? Where is it located? Is someone home all day? If it does fail and start to leak, what could it damage?

A new one would be more efficient, and if you can replace it yourself, not that expensive. At the same time you can install and plumb a pan if you don't have one.

That said, I'm a big fan of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
Old 03-28-08, 12:08 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 3,066
Received 30 Upvotes on 24 Posts
I replaced a ca 1982 electric water heater 3 years ago. It worked fine for more than 20 years and then it didn't. When it died I replaced it. I too believe in "if it ain't broke don't fix it".

However, my water heater is up on blocks in the middle of a pan that's plumbed to my sump.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: