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water heater lifespan (by del [MD]) Dec 4, 2018 2:51 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Dec 4, 2018 3:26 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Homer [TX]) Dec 4, 2018 3:32 PM
       water heater lifespan (by 6x6 [TN]) Dec 4, 2018 3:41 PM
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       water heater lifespan (by LordZen [MA]) Dec 4, 2018 4:00 PM
       water heater lifespan (by 6x6 [TN]) Dec 4, 2018 4:03 PM
       water heater lifespan (by JAC [OH]) Dec 4, 2018 4:31 PM
       water heater lifespan (by gevans [SC]) Dec 4, 2018 4:38 PM
       water heater lifespan (by 6x6 [TN]) Dec 4, 2018 4:53 PM
       water heater lifespan (by fred [CA]) Dec 4, 2018 5:17 PM
       water heater lifespan (by AllyM [NJ]) Dec 4, 2018 5:45 PM
       water heater lifespan (by plenty [MO]) Dec 4, 2018 5:54 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Dec 4, 2018 6:48 PM
       water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Dec 4, 2018 6:54 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Gene [OH]) Dec 4, 2018 7:53 PM
       water heater lifespan (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Dec 4, 2018 10:14 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Hoosier [IN]) Dec 4, 2018 11:57 PM
       water heater lifespan (by WL [CA]) Dec 5, 2018 1:48 AM
       water heater lifespan (by Doris [OH]) Dec 5, 2018 5:14 AM
       water heater lifespan (by S i d [MO]) Dec 5, 2018 5:28 AM
       water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Dec 5, 2018 6:00 AM
       water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Dec 5, 2018 6:24 AM
       water heater lifespan (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Dec 5, 2018 8:22 AM
       water heater lifespan (by CX [WA]) Dec 5, 2018 11:13 AM
       water heater lifespan (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Dec 5, 2018 12:56 PM
       water heater lifespan (by pete [OR]) Dec 5, 2018 1:04 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Small potatoes [NY]) Dec 5, 2018 1:58 PM
       water heater lifespan (by GKARL [PA]) Dec 5, 2018 5:40 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Dec 5, 2018 6:29 PM
       water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Dec 5, 2018 6:54 PM
       water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Dec 6, 2018 2:15 PM
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       water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Dec 7, 2018 5:35 PM
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       water heater lifespan (by Barb [MO]) Dec 8, 2018 5:45 AM
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water heater lifespan (by del [MD]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 2:51 PM
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I have a 6 year warranty electric water heater installed in 2005. It has never been flushed or had the anode replaced. I have a vacancy coming up and was wondering about replacing the heater or at least the anode. Is it too late for an anode after 13 years or would this do some good? I have an impact gun so anode removal should be fairly easy.

Thanks in advance for any advice :-) --165.225.xx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 3:26 PM
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On gas water heaters, I was told 12-15 years. I would just replace the whole thing. No point installing good parts on bad equipment. --108.69.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 3:32 PM
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I change out gas and electric at 10 years. I’ve had a couple rupture many years ago, and just don’t want to experience that again. When I do it preventative, it’s on my time, not the emergency time. However, I don’t pay full price on hot water heaters, I buy them on the cheap, ( 100-150 ) from the big box stores , scratch and dent. I have several in stock and ready for my calendar to say it’s time. --75.141.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 3:41 PM
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I would drain the hot water tank and see what comes out. If there is rust or a bunch of trash I would replace it,otherwise I would keep getting my moneys worth. If you drain it make sure you turn the power off first then after draining close drain valve,turn on faucets on hot,open pressure relief valve on water heater to purge any air out,then once water starts running out of pressure relief valve,close valve but leave faucets running until air is purged out. Only then do you want to turn power back on to water heater,but then again you probably already know all of this.Hope this helps. --73.120.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 3:46 PM
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P.S. If your going to change it you have to drain it first anyway. --73.120.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by LordZen [MA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 4:00 PM
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The oldest water heater that i have in my two families are from 92/99. --73.159.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 4:03 PM
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Your getting your moneys worth for sure LordZen. Do you ever service them? --73.120.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by JAC [OH]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 4:31 PM
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15-20 years old in my rental. 22 years in my house. Never have serviced a one. --208.102.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 4:38 PM
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I changed out one for my cousin a few years back... it was from 1965, the original WH that came with his house! More than 50 years before it failed.

No service to it EVER. --173.233.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 4:53 PM
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That's impressive gevans,what brand was it? --73.120.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:17 PM
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If you don't replace the WH when the house is vacant (easy task)...you'll have to replace it when a new tenant moves in (much more difficult task).

Conclusion: replace it now.

All of those who tell you stories about how long their WHs have lasted, ignore them. You may not be that lucky.

You can replace it now - vacant house and no flood damage, or wait and replace it when your new tenant calls you in panic, at 2 am on a weekend.

How do I know? I've been replacing WHs since the Seventies. --99.59.x.xxx




water heater lifespan (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:45 PM
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It seems to depend on the coldness of the winter and the water coming in. The location of the water heater in the basement matters too. Bitter cold water on a winter day when tenants are washing clothes on a Saturday and keep calling for hot water will kill an old one. In my buildings with the water heater in the center of the basement, the water heaters seemed to last longer, ten to fifteen years. In other buildings they were dead in five years. So I figured out what the issue was. Now we are having colder weather for five years due to solar minimum which is the lack of heat blasting sunspots on the sun. So it's a good idea to get rid of an iffy water heater. --73.248.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 5:54 PM
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I would leave it alone! If it isn't broken don't fix it! --99.203.xx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 6:48 PM
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If the anode is good shape then the water heater will last. A anode is called a consumable anode rod where once consumed the glass lining on the tank will start to wear out where the tank rusts right through. There are helpful videos on You Tube how to replace the anode rod. Be sure to shut off power as the immersion elements will dry heat which means the elements burn out. --147.194.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 6:54 PM
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I also had a 40 tear old one that was still working in one house we bought. But who cares. They dont make anything like what they used to.

When a unit becomes vacant we automatically replace any water heater 10 years or older.

Otherwise we try to replace at 12 years. Just so much easier before there is a problem and no rush.

Also been putting in the cheap water heater alarms we buy on amazon. The fear is a tenant does not notice a small leak until it becomes a big leak.

Have also been trying out a few stainless water heaters with a lifetime tank and no anode rod needed.

Only concern on these is the 100.00 replacement elements if that part does not last. It is a 100% stainless element.

Not the more common and cheaper part stainless elements.

So far have only installed these in about 6 houses the past 5 years.

Just another item we are testing out to see if they are worth the extra cost. Time will tell.

Anything that last and pays for the extra cost. And cuts down on maintenance or headaches is worth it to me. --75.182.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 7:53 PM
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RR78, what is the cost of a stainless steel water heater, say a 40 gallon one? Just curious how much more a stainless steel water heater costs than a regular one costs. --99.165.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 10:14 PM
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Hiya Del!

Like all items for homes now, the old ones were made MUCH better than the newer 2005 models. HUGE difference.

Usually the thermostats and elements go out one by one on electrics so by the time you replace those you might as well have a new unit.

Me? When in doubt we swap it out. It’s gonna go sooner or later, usually on Christmas Eve night with a 20 relatives camped in the house.

Eliminate potential problems.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2018 11:57 PM
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On my home inspection reports I tell customers the average life of a water heater is 7-12 years....this info from ASHI (the American Society of Home Inspectors).

However, I believe that number is a bit conservative...it's probably more like 10-15 years.

Whether or not to replace is up to you...I've seen many during my home inspections that are 20 years old and working fine. However, they do tend to fail suddenly and often catastrophically with a major leak....so here is what I do in our units...

1) If the water heater is in a location where leakage would not cause any damage (unfinished basement with

a sump pump/pit near it)...and there is no sign of impending failure (see below), then we leave it alone.

2) If it is in a location where it would cause damage and there are signs of impending failure, then we change it when a tenant is moved out...or if we find this during an annual inspection we will change it within a month or so.

3) If it is in a location where it would cause damage but there are no signs of impending failure...we change it at 12 years of age...or at least as close to that as we can get when a tenant moves out.

Signs of impending failure:

1) Rusting of the case...especially near the base of the tank

2) A noise called "rumbling", where it sounds like rocks are inside...this is actually calcium that has accumulated, which coats the burners or base and will cause performance issues in the medium term.

3) Insufficient heating of the water (such as if you have to crank the temp up all the way to get it hot enough)

During home inspections there are a number of other things we look for, but these are mainly around installation issues...

1) On gas units, melting of the plastic rings on top around the water pipes...this would indicate backdrafting...a potentially dangerous safety issue.

2) Lack of a TPR (Temperature Pressure Relief) extension tube or improper routing of that tube (too many things to list that could be wrong here)

3) On gas units, lack of a drip leg on the gas line...which is intended to catch rust particles that could clog the gas valve

4) On gas units in a garage, insufficient height (only applies to open combustion chamber units)...this could be an explosion hazard

5) On gas units, backdrafting evidence or leaks in the flue

6) On gas units, improper flue clearance (if flue is plastic, no clearance needed....if B-vent it requires 1" clearance from combustibles, and if single wall vent requires 6" clearance

...and a few other issues

We do drain our tanks annually to remove sediment, which in theory extends the lifespan a few years. However, if you have a plastic drain valve (common on the big-box-bought units), you should always have a new one with you when draining because they tend to leak after used sometimes.

Many people underplay the importance of proper TPR valve extension issues...but be aware....having one that is plugged or capped could destroy the house and kill the occupants...do a Google search on "water heater explosion" and watch the mythbusters video --99.92.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by WL [CA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 1:48 AM
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Home Depot sells water heater pans with a drain. When you install a new interior water heater, place it in the pan then hook up the drain to exterior. Prevents the room flooding and having to replace water heaters before failure. I use these in laundry room installs as insurance against flooding. --201.140.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Doris [OH]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 5:14 AM
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In our rental apartments built in the 1970s, we just replaced water heater’s that were 20 to 25 years old. However in our current residence built in 1984, the water heaters have only lasted 10 to 12 years. They don’t make them like they used to. --74.140.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 5:28 AM
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Obviously, there are two schools of thought:

1) Let is last and fix/replace when it dies.

2) Replace and eliminate worry.

I lean toward option 1, and here's my reason why.

I rent Class C units. The key is Safe, Clean, and Functional. Well, shouldn't functional lead me toward #1? Maybe....

As with everything, there is a trade off. You have to list the Pros and Cons and make a decision. As long as you do this correctly, it shouldn't be a concern regardless of which method you choose.

I've seen new water heaters leaks 2 years after installation, so replace old with new = worry free can be just as much of a craps shoot as letting old Bessie keep chugging along.

Is it less convenient for the tenant when you to swap one out mid-tenancy? Yes. Is is prohibitively costly? No...it costs the same to do it mid-tenancy vs. during a vacancy. A competent handyman should be able to do the job for the same cost ($80-$100 in my town, includes haul off of old unit) in about 3 hours. Maybe 4 hours and +$25 if the connectors/shut offs need to be replaced.

Is it an inconvenience for the tenant? Yes, a mild one. Again, IF they report it promptly, THEN they should have a new heater by the next day...two days at most. We can all survive 1-2 DAYS without hot water. Creative folks will warm up water for washing using a stove. Most folks only do laundry 1 or 2 days per week. Hot water at the touch of a handle is important, but not critical to the continuance of life or a safety issue.

Is it a habitability issue? Could a tenant report you? Sure. You can't have a house with no hot water for weeks or months. But we're talking LESS THAN 48 hours. Most times, less than 24 hours for a new unit installed. A code inspector will take 3-4 days to have an opening in his schedule. He'll pull up in his truck about a day after my guy is done.

Class B or A tenants will probably be a bit more demanding, but I still think a swap out in 24 hours will satisfy most reasonable people. Unreasonable people cannot be satisfied, so I don't worry about their reactions.

To answer your question: I just checked my log and I have three water heaters with 20+ years on them. Several in the 12-16 range. The rest are under 10 years. If I were swapping them all out at 12-16 years, I would have paid $3000+ more for tanks and labor that might have already started leaking, as per what I mentioned earlier. I bet I can handle a few same-day or weekend swap outs and still come out more than ahead.

I do not flush them, service them, or replace rods. The regularly scheduled/recommended service costs add up to the cost of a new heater pretty quickly. If you DIY, you have to account for the value of your time. Many DIY LL's don't.

My 2 cents.... --173.20.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 6:00 AM
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Gene,

40 gallon is about 700.00. Look on Home Depot website for westinghouse water heater. Have shipped to the store.

Only one company makes a stainless one I could ever find.

It is HTP. Westinghouse just puts their name on it.

Also advertised as a lifetime. But keep in mind. That is only the tank. And if you register it on time.

--75.182.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 6:24 AM
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WL(CA)

This may sound stupid. But we plug off the holes in those drain pans.

If there is a slow leak like the way most start. The water will just drain out. The tenant will not notice it.

Over time the slow leak will turn into a large rupture.

And when that happens the drain or pan is not large enough to contain the water. And you have a full blown emergency and it will be to late to stop any damage.

Instead when the slow leak starts. The plugged pan will start to fill up with water over time.

A good chance the tenant will notice there is water in the pan after awhile. And hopefully smart enough to know there is a problem and call.

Then much less of an emergency or disaster.

Also we started using these cheap 10.00 water alarms from Amazon we put in the pan. Who knows if they will also work 10 years from now. But cheap enough for a little extra insurance.

In 30 years never had a large rupture or any damage yet from a water heater.

So far our way to do it seems to work. But admit maybe just lucky.

--75.182.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 8:22 AM
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Veering slightly off topic, if you are replacing a water heater, replace it with the biggest water heater that will fit into the space. Tenants love generous hot water.

The big tank costs a little bit more. Installation costs the same. Try to keep tenants content so they don't move. Shortage of hot water is one of those things that isn't comfortable.

I like to upgrade in places where the tenant is unlikely to break my upgrade. No $500 ceiling fans, but I'll spring for a bigger water heater. --174.216.xx.xx




water heater lifespan (by CX [WA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 11:13 AM
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WH leaks usually a factor of the water corrosivity, varies by location. Remember Flint, MI? The state changed the source of their water. The new water was more corrosive, which started dissolving their lead supply pipes, which wasn't happening before, when the water was not so corrosive. Talking acid/alkiline scale, pH.

The anode rod is a sacrificial metal rod in the tank for the water to contact in the tank. Corrosive water will preferentially attack the metal in the rod, slowly dissolving it, before it attacks the metal in the tank itself. Once the rod is dissolved away, the corrosive water will start eating away at the tank.

So by renewing the anode rod whenever it gets consumed could potentially conserve the tank for many many years.

Del, your idea is sound. If easily accessible, by at least removing the anode rod you can guage, by how eroded it is, the general condition of the tank metal. If there is still meat on it, replace it, knowing the tank was still being protected. If it is like a coat hanger wire, or even totally eaten away, start thinking about replacing the tank because it has been some time since the tank itself has started to be eroded. --174.21.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 12:56 PM
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Something to consider... We installed water sensors in the pans. If they detect water, they automatically cut off the water and sound a siren. The only damage you'll suffer is from water already in the tank leaking out.

If you're going for getting your money's worth, that cheap sensor may be a worthy investment. Dlink makes a wifi sensor that can notify your smartphone too. --108.69.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by pete [OR]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 1:04 PM
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I like to use stainless steel flex connectors. Make it as easy as possible to service or change out. Stainless is more flexible than copper. --67.41.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 1:58 PM
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OWS there is no reason to put a 70 gal tank for a 1br unit as the PM did before I managed myself.

OP I just changed the elements and temp units on a 2004 electric unit. Thought it was the elements that were bad but it was the temp unit. Runs like new. The anode was a crusty barnacle looking thing I left it alone.

I I even let them leak and monitor the leak. Did this at home and decided to replace it before a vacation in my own timing. Stretched it out several months --66.87.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 5:40 PM
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I just replaced one last week and another one under warranty about a month ago. I don't get much out of them beyond the warranty. Most of mine are in basements, so if they go, nothing is damaged, so I'm not changing them until they go. I can usually have replacements in with 24-48 hours. I stopped using Lowes and HD to install. My handymen charged me $ 150 to put one on last week. --209.122.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 6:29 PM
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Stainless steel water heaters are basically a indirect hot water tank which has a immersion coil where the gas or oil boiler heats the coil then the heat is transferred to the tank. Guess it would work with a electric boiler. There is no anode rod in a stainless steel hot water tank. Usually a stainless steel tank will cost around $1,000 to $4,000 dollars depending on the size and type of hot water tank. --147.194.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Dec 5, 2018 6:54 PM
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Robert,

We are not talking about indirect water heaters.

Just your normal electric water heaters. A stainless one is no different than a standard electric water heater.

A stainless model looks and works the same. It is just the tank and elements are made of stainless steel. And no need for a anode rod. The thermostats and everything is the same.

And cost about 200.00 more.

--75.182.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2018 2:15 PM
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Del,remember Ann landers,no you don’t.but she said “ if it ain’t broke,don’t fix it”.Same now and also SIDS recommendation, Fred “Tough” I have never drained a tank or changed an anode,don’t even know what one looks like,but I can guess,dirty slimey ,and nasty..I have changed a couple of tanks,but only when absolutely necessary and they are absolutely kaput,don’t worry too much about the warranty either,it’s as good as the paper it’s written on .Ive found Whirlpool 6 year warranty the best,usually lasts about a little over 40 years,no matter what Fred will have you believe,Don’t believe a word he says.He isn’t a Lyre but he handles the truth in a heck of a way.Au Rewau,,,,,,,,,,Charlie.................. --32.214.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2018 2:23 PM
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Oh!watch that impact gun,they can be dangerous in the wrong hands...........................charlie.................................. --32.214.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2018 2:35 PM
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Gene,if you have to ask how much it costs,you can’t afford it.Believe me! ............Charlie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, --32.214.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2018 7:13 PM
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Cjo'h, we as landlords always ask what something costs. Otherwise we wouldn't be in business anymore. We need to make sure that the value is there for the cost whether we are buying a property or we are buying something for the property. --99.165.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by moe NEWBIE [MA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 5:27 PM
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WOW!

Considering how long some respondents here claim to be getting 12 - 25 years of use out of their gas hot water heaters, am I am wasting money paying $20.00 per month to rent each one of them from the gas company?

Thank you

Moe NEWBIE --173.48.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 5:35 PM
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Yes, of course.

Easy to do the numbers and see you can just change out every 10 to 12 years and save money --73.152.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 5:35 PM
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Yes, of course.

Easy to do the numbers and see you can just change out every 10 to 12 years and save money --73.152.xx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 6:07 PM
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Mow,yes very definitely,like RR78 says,do the math,even if yo have to take off your socks....................Charlie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, --32.214.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 6:21 PM
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Gene,you are definitely Spot on.where I come from in County Derry by asking ,we call that being Frugal,not cheap like some others would have you believe..............Charlie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, --32.214.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 6:45 PM
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The house we’re in now,I installed a new 40 gallon electric in ‘73.whenever it dies,may do what Robert in Toronto talks about a tankless job,that’s what they use in the wilds of Derry, If they were too expensive,it wouldn’t happen.So May have to revise my thought process........Charlie,,,, .........z --32.214.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 7:14 PM
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I find electric tanks are easier to repair and last longer than gas. --72.23.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2018 5:45 AM
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I seem to get about 15-18 years from my electric ones. We installed 2 in 2000 in my home. Took them out in Dec 2016 and replaced with a natural gas on demand water heater. It is just hubby and me most of the time, so might be overkill, but previously we had one in the basement and one on 2nd floor just for that bathroom. They couldn’t get the upstairs one to drain. Hauled it (30 gal) down fulll. Set it down outside and it immediately broke open. I figure we missed a flood by a couple of months.

For my rentals, without water softeners, we have been getting less time, probably 12 years for most of them. Very hard water. --64.251.xxx.xxx




water heater lifespan (by Cjo’h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 9, 2018 12:59 PM
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Barb,thought water was hard only when it froze,below 32 of those little dots..............Charlie.........could be wrong,There’s always a first time?...............?......,,,, ... ,,,, --32.214.xxx.xx




water heater lifespan (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Dec 9, 2018 1:00 PM
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Charlie,

We have water you can sometimes chew! Even when not below 32F! --64.251.xxx.xxx



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