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Old 07-31-19, 03:56 PM
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How old is your water heater?

Im calling around to get some service quotes and apparently a 6 year old water heater is old these days?
Ive had it serviced/checked annually every year (no major problems so far) so i thought they lasted longer than that?

(we do have hard water if that matters)
Old 07-31-19, 03:58 PM
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Re: How old is your water heater?

Ours is a year old. We actually have 2 tankless water heaters. 6 years doesn’t seem all that long to say it’s old.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

I think our water heater is about 3-4 years old. We live in a townhouse and the clowns who built this place thought it would be a good idea to put it on the 2nd floor. Well, the last one that failed caused a ton of water damage in the bathroom below. We have some safety measures to catch any overflowing water if the new one blows, but it scares the hell out of me having it upstairs instead of in the garage. 6 years for a hot water heater is not old in my book. I'd think you could get at least 10 years out of one before you have to worry about replacing it.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

I replaced my rusted out old (at least a decade, was in the house when I bought it) tank with a Rheem 3 years ago. The new one is warrantied for 12 years, has a fancy control panel and a network connection and leak alarm.


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Yeah, I would be nervous about an upstairs tank too. Mines in the basement. Still, my grandparents house had two gas water heaters in the attic of all places and they never had a problem.

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Old 07-31-19, 05:17 PM
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Re: How old is your water heater?

4 months, but the one it replaced was almost 17 years. They should last longer than 6.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

Just checked mine, and it's 19 years old.

We had one minor repair when the plastic drain spout was cracked and leaking.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

Finally had it replaced last December from a leak, but it was 17 years old.

Only problem I had with it prior was that it wasn't heating at one point. I drained it, got most of sandy residue out, and replaced the heating element. Simple repair and it lasted another 5 or 6 years after that.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

Looks like mine turns 5 in September.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

It's about 3-4 years old. It replaced one that was at least 25 years old.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

Mine is about 10 years old.

When you get it maintained every year, what are they doing? They should flush it, test the T&P valve, and sometimes check the anode rod.

ETA: According to the internet, a water heater lasts 8-12 years. I spent extra money for a premium water heater that should last longer.

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Re: How old is your water heater?

Our last one was around 20 years old, we finally replaced it with a new one last year. Here in Ontario, most people rent them and it's charged on our utility bill, so at least repairs and replacements are included at no extra cost.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

I bought my house fifteen years ago, and the appraiser said that I'd probably have to replace the water heater within the year. It's still going strong.

The reason that he said that it would probably need replacing soon was that, at the time, it was 26 years old. It was installed in 1979, so this year is its 40th birthday!!

And, yeah, I expect to be buying a new one any day now.

P.S. My fridge died on me today, so I'm sure that the water heater can't be far behind it. Trouble comes in threes, and I've already had to have the roof repaired this month and buy a new refrigerator today. I looked over the water heaters while I was shopping for the fridge this afternoon, just to start narrowing my choices when the time comes.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

I just learned the our current water heater is 20 years old!

The new, non-leaky one will be installed Friday.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

The one that came with the house that I bought new lasted a little over 12 years. Just relace it about 6-8 months ago.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

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Mine is about 10 years old.

When you get it maintained every year, what are they doing? They should flush it, test the T&P valve, and sometimes check the anode rod.

ETA: According to the internet, a water heater lasts 8-12 years. I spent extra money for a premium water heater that should last longer.
thats pretty much what they are doing every year.

I actually need a new anode rod and everyone either says (a) its not worth it for a 6 year old heater or (b) they just dont replace anode rods at all.
Almost all said around 6 years they are getting close to needing to be replaced.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

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Not sure, but she's jailbait.
Always figured you as more of a washing machine or dryer type of person. Learn something new every day.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

8-12 years is the average. I see a lot of failed water heaters when I do home inspections and the oldest I've seen is 17 years before craping out. If anyone has anything older than 12, I say you should check on your water heater for leaks periodically. The base is usually the thing that rusts and eventually bursts due to a small leak.

​​​PSA:Make sure you guys shut off the water heater (and water for that matter) when you guys go on vacation and no one is house sitting your home. I've seen plenty of instances where water heaters break when someone is on vacation and no one is home to mitigate the situation.
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Always figured you as more of a washing machine or dryer type of person. Learn something new every day.
I just replaced those in December, so they're REALLY jailbait.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

I keep forgetting to drain all the built up minerals from mine (supposed to do it annually), so I don't expect it to life its full expected lifespan.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

2 years, the previous 2 lasted about 8 years each before rusting out
this time I bought a plastic drip pan to prevent a mess if/when it starts to rust
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Re: How old is your water heater?

Mine is about six. It sucks though.
When I bought my house it came with a six month warranty. A few months after living there, I was doing the dishes and just happened to hear water running in my basement. Lucky I was home to turn off the water. The shitty company provided me with a shitty water heater and a shitty installer.
I don’t take long showers and it usually gets cold 3/4 of the way though.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

Mine is at least eleven years old. I hope it will last another year.
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Re: How old is your water heater?

17 years old and I’ve never even really looked at it let alone had it serviced. Oops?
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Pretty old, over 20 years, but still going strong. I know they made them to last "back in the day." but not anymore. I'd probably get less time out of a NEW one than the remaining time my good old reliable one still has left! I don't even use hot water during these terribly hot summers, I shower with cold water only, which even though it's "cold" still comes out of the tap at > 75 degrees anyway, which is a nice refreshing water temp for showering.

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