Hole in oil fired water heater

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Old 08-18-19, 09:09 AM
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Hole in oil fired water heater

I recently replaced my 2 year old 50 gallon oil hot water heater (switched over to gas). I told the installers to leave my hot water heater since it's almost brand new and I figured I could sell it. When looking at it today, I noticed a strange hole in the side (see pictures). Does anyone know what this is? Not sure if it's always been there, or if it's something the installers damaged when replacing it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!



 
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Old 08-18-19, 09:30 AM
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I have no idea why it is there but as well as I can see on this screen it appears to be manufactured that way.

Good luck on trying to sell it. I personally would be hesitant to buy any used water heater.
 
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Thanks, hoping somebody knows what it is.

And I'm only trying to get $100-200 for it. For price comparison, I found a new dented one selling for $1200 on ebay. Figured it would be a good deal for someone.
 
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Old 08-18-19, 01:41 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

A new dented one is a less of a risk than any used water heater.

I agree with Furd...... that is a manufactured hole.
It could be a place to install a screw or a hole to let water out to indicate a leak or a place to inject foam.

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Great, thanks for the help.
 
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