My water heater is a 16-year old Ford 50-gallon, heated by an oil-fed
Riallo "furnace." I understand that at age 16 it is on borrowed time
and I don't want to press my luck. I've been told by a service
technician that the Riallo is in great condition and is about the
best one can get. Would like to replace my unit with another
50-gallon. My questions:
1. Are there any oil-fired heaters out there today? If so, can anyone
recommend any and what are approxiate costs?
2. Can an electric or gas unit be adopted to the Riallo "furnace", or
vice versa? Again, recommendations and approximate costs?
Thanks in advance for any and all input.
Who told you it was on borrowed time? Did the advice come from someone
connected to selling water heaters?
Your service tech *may* get a finders fee from the sale.
My gas fired tank is 43 years old, no sediment, does not leak, and still
gets excellent marks from our utility inspector, so years by themselves mean
Has more to do with tank lining, materials, water properties, use,
maintenance, local installation environment, plumbing connection quality,
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