My daughter just purchased a 30 year old condo. It still has all the
If the water tank in the 40 gallon General Electric hot water system goes,
it will flood the condo, and cause lots of damage. My real question is
what's the chance the existing system will last five years? Or the chance
that a new system will die in 5 years?
The heater is also 30 yrs old?? Whoa! Avg life is 10 years,
elec may last 20 years. 30 is borrowed time...
Replace it and see if it is possible to install a drain pan under
the heater (and drain it to somewhere). Also make sure the
relief tube discharges to someplace safe.
This Old House did a show where they installed a pan with a
float switch which shuts off the water. Expensive, but this
kind of thing could be attractive.
If the heater sits on the floor, maybe the solution is to build a sort of "box"
for it to sit in, with a couple of rows of ceramic tile. And overflow type
switch inside the box would contain any future possible leaks to keep them at a
Now the only question is, should this be a mud job or would cement backerboard
tell you the answer.. they can say, oh well you got 10 more years or
tell you that it will not last 6 months... who you gonna believe??? they
both telling you what they think and that would be two different
plumbers who come out and look at the hot water heater..... over the
internet you not gonna get any kind of answer that will really satisfy
you, unless you find someone that tells you what you want to hear and
let it go like that....
hope this helps.
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