When to replace water heater?


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Old 03-28-08, 09:21 AM
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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?
 
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Old 03-28-08, 10:02 AM
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You got your moneys worth out of that one-I would replace it
 
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Old 03-28-08, 10:49 AM
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like said go for a new one now. Then you wont have a mess toclean up
 
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Old 03-28-08, 11:07 AM
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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'.
 
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Old 03-28-08, 12:08 PM
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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.
 
 

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