I live in my condo the 4 summer months a year, and it is vacant otherwise.
Each year, I shut off the breaker to the hot water heater and shutoff the
water. When I turned things back on recently I notice a small leak on the
bottom of the hot water heater that the plumber said required replacing,
which I did. I also have a water softener which I also shutoff when not
The previous hot water heater was only 8 years old when it failed. That
seems relatively a short time. The plumber said that water softeners reduce
the life of a hot water heater.
Am I doing something wrong? Should I be doing something else? I have never
drained the waqter from the valve on the bottom of the hot water heater.
Your comments / suggestions would be appreciated.
I don't and do agree with your plumber. While I don't agree that water
softeners reduce the life of a water heater (why would you have a hot water
heater to heat water that was hot?), I would tend to think that the water in
areas that you need a softener for are likely to be areas where the water
will also be hard on water heaters.
Ask around among your neighbors and I'll bet they all have short service
life from their water heaters. I suggest that you can drain the new one
regularly and make sure you replace the anode rod like once every year or
two. If you have not drained water and the water heater is more than a
year or two old, it is too late to gain much from it. I would also strongly
suggest that you either get a water heater with a quality drain valve or
replace the one most come with, they don't last.
I think you mean to check it every year or two. If he replaced it
every year or two, it would get expensive real fast. Also, based on
the rate of deterioration, the inspection interval can be adjusted
If you have not drained water and the water heater is more than a
In our former neighborhood, all the homes were plumbed with STATE brand W/H.
They were guaranteed for 7 years..All of then died within the first 5
years..what junk. Getting them replaced under warranty was a PITA. The
heater was free but the local plumbing shop charged over $ 300 for labor and
hauling the old carcass away. I dont think the builder even paid $ 300 for
them new !
One of the preventative measures you need to do is inspect the anode rod
every 2-3 years and replace it if needed. It's there to prevent the rest of
the tank from corroding & leaking. (it gets consumed before the steel tank
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