drain pan - best kind?


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Old 10-24-13, 10:36 AM
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drain pan - best kind?

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I'm going to have my 15 year old water heater replaced due to rusty water issues (Bradford White 75 gallon in basement). While doing some research I noticed drain pans being installed - I assume this is recommended when installing a new water heater? Is there a preferred drain pan to use?

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Aluminum. No rusting, No leaks.
 
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Old 10-24-13, 11:27 AM
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Any pan is of limited use unless it's plumbed to a drain and it's also a good idea to have a water sensing alarm. A pan without a drain is a help for a minor leak if you catch it quickly but a decent leak will quickly overflow it.

Aluminum does not rust and is light weight but is can be punctured and it can corrode especially if on a damp concrete. Steel pans are a bit more puncture resistant but can rust especially if their thin layer of galvanizing is scratched. I like plastic pans since they don't corrode or rust but you have to be careful that the feet of the heater don't puncture it.
 
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Thank you!

Any specific brand, or should I look for a certain gauge?
 
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Old 10-25-13, 10:36 AM
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Any thoughts on Mustee Durapans? The website indicates they are for water heaters as well as washing machines.

This is what I'm leaning towards.

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