I just wanted to get a feel for how long a water heater should last without
problems. Mine is on the second floor of my house sort of in an attic crawl
space. It has been there for 10 years since I bought the house (installed
new at that time) with no problems. I just dont want to come home one day to
a flood. Am thinking about replacing it just to be safe. I welcome any
The average life of a gas water heater is 10 years.
Yes, some last longer. But after 10 years you are
playing Russian roulette with a 2nd floor install.
I would replace it with a top brand.
I would also install an alarm to detect leakage
And set the heater in a pan with discharge to outside
or a drain. (Oh, oh....the freezing discharge thread again!)
Even consider an alarm with a solenoid shut off valve.
I don't think any measure is too extreme in a case like this.
Plan "B": Move the heater.
On Wed, 10 Oct 2007 18:12:11 -0400, "Jack Simmons"
Tanks last longer with soft water and proper maintenance. On average
expect them to last 15 years, although 25 years is not unusual. Cheap
insurance: Place a water tank appliance pan underneath and connect a
drain hose/pipe to the outside. When/if it leaks might save yourself
a mess. Ice maker lines and laundry hoses can cause unexpected flood
Their life varies greatly. There are a number of factors.
* Local water conditions. I believe this is the largest factor. This
is why it is good to ask you neighbors how long theirs have lasted. If you
live in a development where all the homes are about the same age, then they
are all likely to go out about the same time. They will also likely be the
same make and model. If you start seeing your neighbors replacing their WH
then I would do mine.
* The temperature you set. Higher temp means shorter life.
* The volume of water heated, more heating less life.
* Softened or conditioned water going in ... This could be a plus or
minus depending on the conditions.
* Maintenance. Depending on the area periodic draining and or
replacement of the anode rod can extend the life.
On Wed, 10 Oct 2007 18:12:11 -0400, Jack Simmons wrote:
Going on 18 years here. A lot of the life at least for the outside depends
on the environment it's in. Mine is in my humidity controlled basement
and I wipe it down every few months so at least on the outside it looks
brand new. It doesn't creek or grown or pop while it's heating the water
so I would assume the insides are ok. Plus it seems to still have the same
capacity for hot water as it did in 1990 when I installed it. The make and
model is a Sears Kenmore Power Miser 5, 50 gallon.
As some one else said proper sizing and draing will help 10 to 14
possible after 10 you could be on borrowed time why the hell did
someone put in attic this is the propely the worst spot for it never
mind what I would charge for doing it. Move to basement or cuboard if
you are in slab.
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