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I posted this on Baytown Talks and thought I'd post it here as well and see which forum has the more knowledgeable people:

 

About two months ago, we went out of town for a week.  Freezing weather was expected and so I shut the water off to my house and turned off the hot water heater.  After we got home and I turned everything back on, I noticed my hot water had a rusty tint to it.  I tried flushing it for an extended period, then blocked in the heater and drained it -- flushing, refilling, redraining for most of a day until I had gotten all of the sediment and rust flakes out of it.  I refilled it and heated it back up... but it still was making slightly orange water.  I thought it would clear up over time, so we just lived with it, but here it is 7 weeks later and it's still has the same tint.  It's not real bad -- you have to draw a sink full to really see it, but it's there.  And it's just the hot water -- the cold water is fine.

Our 50 gallon Whirlpool gas water heater is about 13 years old.  Do I need a new one?  Any plumbers or home improvement experts care to weigh in?  Anything else I should try first?

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I would think you got your money's worth on the water heater. There is a protective anode rod in the water heater that is designed to corrode to protect the water heater. Once the anode is gone the water heater is next.

 

http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Longevity/water-heater-anodes.html

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You might need to replace the sacrificial anode.  I looked at a couple of sites and they suggest that 10 to 15 year is a reasonable expectation for a water heater and 10 years is average.

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The anodes are screwed in on the top. If you don;t have room to replace one that make one that comes in sections.

 

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I'll look at the anode.  For some reason I was thinking only electric heaters had sacrificial anodes but I've read online that all glass-lined tanks will have the anode.  Thanks for the replies!

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That's a respectable life for a water heater.  You are much better off replacing it on your own schedule than having to do it in an urgent situation.  Plumbing companies will rake you over the coals if you need anything right away.  

 

In our neighborhood, the practice is to install the water heaters in the attic.  Ours went out just as we were about to leave for the weekend.  We noticed because water was running from the ceiling into the master bathroom.  We cancelled our plans and dealt with plumbers and water remediation companies that weekend instead.  It would have been much worse if we left just a few minutes earlier.

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Yeah, it's in the attic.  It sits in a pan that drains to the outside, but that doesn't always mean you won't have water coming through the ceiling should it decide to go.  I installed this water heater shortly after we moved into the house in 2001, so I think I can handle changing it out.  The hardest part is hoisting the sucker in and out of the attic through the access door.

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You could go tankless.

Don't you mean Hankless? :D. I watched them do mine. They saved themselves a lot of trouble by preinstalling a lot of the piping before they brought it up into the attic. You could just leave the old one in the attic as a gift for the next homeowner.:D.

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You could go tankless.

I read on consumer reports that you have to use a tankless about 22 years to recoup the extra upfront investment through eventual energy savings -- and most only have a 20 year life span.  Plus, installation can run an additional $1200 or so, especially if you need a larger roof vent, bigger gas line, modified plumbing, etc.  Since we will probably only be in the house another 2-4 years, I think I'll pass...

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I can come help lift it out if you need it Larry

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Just tell me when and what time. You have my number

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Last time I rigged a block and tackle in the attic and hoisted it up with the help of my 70 year old neighbor.

 

Hey, maybe I'll list it as a geocaching event!

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Hey, maybe I'll list it as a geocaching event!

 

 

How many people can fit in your attic?

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I'd replace the heater. I thought mine was safe being out in the garage but when it gave up it leaked into my bedroom closet which backs up to the garage adn soaked all the carpet in my walkin closet. I think its one of those things that you need to replace before it goes out. Kinda like a refrigerator...

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I have the same problem as HC, except the water is in the toilet by my computer room.  :angel:

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CITO?

Wherigo -- Water Heater Evidently Requires Interchanging (with a) Good One.  :uglystupid2:

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