Recent Topics
Which Tire Repair Kit?
by BlindBaby
06/27/17 12:23 PM
You know your car isn't driven often when...
by Astro14
06/27/17 12:16 PM
Strange brake feeling in my Accord
by Bottom_Feeder
06/27/17 12:12 PM
Love old oil commercials ....change oil every 1k
by gmh101357
06/27/17 11:54 AM
T-Minus 10 Days to Adventure
by SKVenture
06/27/17 11:52 AM
Bosch 0 451 103 029 vs Motorcraft EFL90?
by FordCapriDriver
06/27/17 10:54 AM
Wix/Napa Gold 1311 defects?
by gsellstr
06/27/17 10:34 AM
does "wrapping" a car influence heat dissappation?
by 555
06/27/17 10:20 AM
LT Wheels Getting Bigger and Bigger and Bigger
by SubLGT
06/27/17 10:09 AM
Honda varadero 2002 - 122.000Kms
by Torres
06/27/17 09:30 AM
Hi Temp Threadlocker
by Rtstrider
06/27/17 09:17 AM
73-74 Torino's Havoline 30wt
by gmh101357
06/27/17 08:43 AM
New pressure washer - Honda vs Subaru engine
by volk06
06/27/17 08:25 AM
Honda HS1132 oil recommandation
by jbutch
06/27/17 07:50 AM
Gen4 Subaru Outback, High Mileage Synthetic OCI?
by pilot1226
06/27/17 06:11 AM
Mazda2 2nd gear synchro Failure?
by SiRDOHC
06/27/17 06:06 AM
The America's Cup.
by Silk
06/27/17 04:24 AM
Honda A02 and FRAM XG7317 Cut Open and Compared
by HX520W
06/27/17 12:27 AM
Fan falls during race against the Freeze
by Skid
06/26/17 11:40 PM
Amsoil 75-90 GL-4
by Bullet
06/26/17 08:59 PM
Newest Members
perplexed, TroyHayesDoyle, blueeyedme, anomalia, pack_run
61982 Registered Users
Who's Online
88 registered (28oz, AlaskaMike, Andrei, 555, Alex_V, 02s4audi, 7 invisible), 2412 Guests and 23 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
61982 Members
66 Forums
267105 Topics
4417756 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#2982178 - 04/23/13 06:09 PM Hot water heater lifespan
raaizin Offline


Registered: 04/07/04
Posts: 594
Loc: NJ
I have been a little concern with my hot water heater leaking as it has been a while since I last replaced it. My present hot water heater was manufactured in 1994, I didnt think it was that long ago. I guess I am due to swap it out. How long do they normally last.

Top
#2982181 - 04/23/13 06:12 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
Astro14 Online   content


Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 7565
Loc: Virginia Beach
10 to 12 years...more if you've changed the sacrificial anode...

You're doing exceptionally well with one at 19 years in service...I would change it just to be safe...they make a mess when they go...
_________________________
32 Packard 15W40
02 Volvo V70 T5 0W40 M1
02 Volvo V70 XC 0W40 Edge
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
16 Tundra 1794 TGMO

Top
#2982187 - 04/23/13 06:17 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 19528
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
My current WH was installed about 6-7 years ago, the previous WH lasted from 1971 until it was changed in 2006-2007, so it lasted about 35 years without any service
_________________________
'00 MB E430
'04 Honda S2000
'06 Volvo V70
'14 Honda Accord LX
"Throwing food away is like stealing it from the poor and hungry" Pope Francis

Top
#2982189 - 04/23/13 06:19 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 11440
Loc: Middlesex County CT
It will go 1 day into your next away from home vacation.....

I got a Whirlpool @ Lowes a few years ago for $301 w/ 12 year warranty. US made IIRC. Certainly won't break the bank for a little peace of mind. The previous one was over 15 years old AO Smith I believe.

OT:It is important to turn off your water, if you have that option, when you go on vacation.



Edited by simple_gifts (04/23/13 06:20 PM)
_________________________
2004 Prius; 77K Magnatec 10w-30
2003 Echo > 4.1x10^5 miles; 5w-50
2006 B2300;117K;ALM


Was driving an ox cart; Now on the USS Enterprise

Top
#2982194 - 04/23/13 06:23 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 18722
Loc: Upstate NY
I think it depends upon the quality of the glass lining. I believe there are different levels for how long the tank will last.

I know at one apt. complex they replaces the tank whenever anything in it goes wrong, like the element.
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
#2982195 - 04/23/13 06:23 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
EricF Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 1640
Loc: SF Bay Area
my parents had a Rheem with a 30yr warranty. It went 4 days past the 30years, my parents had the receipt still and Rheem took care of them.
_________________________
1993 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0L 4x4 (240k) 5W-30 Synpower
2006 Saturn Relay-3 3.5L (85k) 5W-30 Synpower
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2.5L (39k) 5W20 M/C Semi Syn

Top
#2982201 - 04/23/13 06:26 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 10993
Loc: NorthEast
I have yet to see gas fired hot water heater with more than 10 years warranty.

Top
#2982208 - 04/23/13 06:29 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
Kruse Offline


Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 3956
Loc: Kansas
The life of the water heater also depends on the location of the country because of the acidity of the water that goes into it. My sister and BIL in New Mexico have some rental property and they consider themselves lucky if they get 7 years out of one.

Top
#2982221 - 04/23/13 06:34 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
SrDriver Offline


Registered: 12/09/06
Posts: 2769
Loc: Southeast Alabama
Here our electric company will give you a new hot water heater free of charge up to 80 gallons every 7 years.

Gas company too will give you a free gas water heater if you change from an electric one to natural gas.

You may want to check with them and see what specials they offer.

Top
#2982229 - 04/23/13 06:37 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 4543
Loc: Illinois
Soft water will add years to their life.
_________________________
2008 Hyundai Accent 1.6L 5 sp manual hatchback
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Track 2L Turbo 6sp manual

Top
#2982240 - 04/23/13 06:45 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
Turk Offline


Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 9103
Loc: MN
Oh, thanks for the reminder. frown Ours is 17 years old and we have very hard water.
_________________________
03 GMC Sierra 4x4 200k M1 0-40+PU
00 Saturn SL2 89 YO Lady Car 92k, Edge Ext
98 Saturn SC2 Rare "Red Hot" 165k, Edge Ext
97 Camry 245k, Maxlife


Top
#2982241 - 04/23/13 06:47 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
Quest Offline


Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 7359
Loc: beaver land EH?
IMHO it depends on (a) how much hot water you use from your tank; and (b) how long the warranty (directly related to the anode rods and also tank liner (to a lesser extent).

shortly after I moved into our house, our AOSmith "skinny" 40Gal gas tank blew (just shy of 4 yrs of service for a 6yr tank). Apparently, previous house owner has 4 daughters + wifey that used hot water on an hourly basis (yeah, wash hair, body scrub, etc.)....

I've just replaced it with a full-sized GeeEee(Rheem) with 12yr warranty ....lifetime replacement by Home Deport.

Q.
_________________________
"Internet discussion boards act as echo chambers for conspiracy dittoheads" A.Allen

Top
#2982246 - 04/23/13 06:50 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 4478
Loc: MIchigan
Depends on where it's leaking. Some times the pressure relief valve will leak. But if it leaks out the bottom then it's time to buy a new one.

Top
#2982247 - 04/23/13 06:50 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: raaizin]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 4543
Loc: Illinois
I have a water softener and am on fairly hard well water. I take the anodes out because it reacts with the water and stinks. But I get about 20 years to a gas one.

Adding extra insulation also keeps the cycles down.
_________________________
2008 Hyundai Accent 1.6L 5 sp manual hatchback
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Track 2L Turbo 6sp manual

Top
#2982248 - 04/23/13 06:51 PM Re: Hot water heater lifespan [Re: Kruse]
MolaKule Offline


Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 18046
Loc: Iowegia - USA
Originally Posted By: Kruse
The life of the water heater also depends on the location of the country because of the acidity of the water that goes into it. My sister and BIL in New Mexico have some rental property and they consider themselves lucky if they get 7 years out of one.


Very true, I just replaced our water heater last month and it was 7 years old. The plumber said it went 3 years beyond most in our town due to the water quality, and we have a water softener as do most people here.

My friend about a mile way in the same town here has replaced three water heaters in the past 15 years.
_________________________
When people tell me, "You're gonna regret that in the morning," I sleep past noon 'cause I'm a problem solver. smile

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >