Sat, Feb 19, 2005, 10:53pm email@example.com (Silvan)
<snip> Next up, the hot water heater. I noticed that it had finally
turned 30. It was still working, but after 30 years, I figured it was
only a matter of time. The top has been crusty with rust for years now,
and I've been kind of holding my breath every time I looked at it,
hoping the tank wouldn't rust through before I could do something about
So I got a super deluxe ultra floofy top of the line replacement. <snip>
You mighta jumped the gun. From what I understand, the tank itself
is glass-lined. Should be no problem, as long as the glass isn't
cracked. The outer shell, is just that, a metal shell over insulation.
Mine is around 24 year old, and has quite on me I think 3 times.
Solution, get a new neater element, around $17 at Ace. First time went
to a plumber supply store, then found Ace had the same thing, cheaper.
Turn off the water and electric, drann the tank, unhook and unscrew the
bad element, screw in and hook up the new, turn the electric and water
back on, and viola, good for a few more years. All in about an hour, or
less, minus travel time. Ah, yes, you also need a special wrench to
unscrew the element, available at Ace, for around $5-7. If I ever buy
any stock, I think I'll get some Ace stock.
A few months back, did notice one of the water valves on top was
leaking. I got the parts, around $25, including PVC glue and PVC
cutter, and the younger kid had it a new valve on inside of an hour,
minus travel time. No prob.
I've since learned, that almost every hot water tank that's tossed,
would have been fine, with just replacing the heater element.
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.
- David Fasold