I am having my natural gas water heater replaced today and was informed by
the plumber that my existing Rheem heater was manufactured in October of
1972. I called Rheem and they confirmed it. Is it unusual for one to last
32 years or is that standard for gas water heaters?
H20 heater lasting 32 years (of regular use, and actually heating
water) is quite unusual, for typical water-quality. Some gas companies
start pestering users when a water-heater they'ver installed reaches
Dutch, that's how they made them in the good old days. Now when you go to
buy any big appliance the first thing the sales people ask as they ring up
your purchase is "do you want to buy the extended warrantee for this item?"
Bull shit, if you think is going to break than I don't want to buy it.
When I went to buy a new water heater he told me I could buy a 10 year, 15
year or 20 year. I asked what the difference was and he said, only the
price. It's the same water heater and when you pay more it's for insurance
in case it fails before the warranty ends. I told him to give me a 10 year
The true difference is the size of the annode rod. Some even have two. The
more material for the water to chew up before it gets to the tank, the longer
it will last. Sounds like the sales guy you spoke with was ill-informed.
If you replace your annode rod(s) every couple of years, your tank will never
My water heater has the anode incorporated into the outlet nipple.
How difficult it to replace this type of anode?
Would it be a good idea to stuff several feet of uninsulated
aluminum wire or even pieces of aluminum beverage cans into the
I am TERRIBLY cruel to my cat. I tease him with a vine tendril
until he either jumps up in the air to bat at it or zooms around
The WH in my house when I bought it was the original from 1972 and up until
that time, there was no pressure reducing valve on the house. Street
pressure here is between 115 and 130 pounds and I couldn't keep washers in
some of the faucets. I put in a new WH and a PRV in February of 1998. I
can only hope the new one lasts half as long as the first one.
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