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    Default How old is your water heater?

    I got a call yesterday, two gas water heaters, twenty years old.
    Water leaking into the home past the garage wall in a Street of Dreams home.

    Today, a home I plumbed twenty years ago, 65 gallon electric, leaking onto the carpet.

    So.........How old is your water heater?

    Some condo associations require replacement at 10 years for just that reason.
    A water heater replacement is a lot cheaper than water damage.

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    Maybe 3 years old
    I'm not sure the age of the one it replaced
    But it failed, bottom let loose
    Luckily my wife was home & shut off the water to the tank

    Unluckily she never went back downstairs after shutting off the water
    Water was back feeding thru the tank & still leaking
    DIY Handyman (not 4 hire)
    I have enough to do to my own house

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    Mine is almost 15 years old and has been trouble free so far. Given its age I am already looking into getting it replaced. I've been taking my time on this though. Meanwhile my mother-in-law is set up in the basement where the water heater is located and that picture that master plumber mark posted a while back keeps coming back to me. I wonder if my current heater will start to leak while she is still staying with us... Or if it will leak and make the MIL stay that much more enjoyable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlH View Post
    Mine is almost 15 years old and has been trouble free so far. Given its age I am already looking into getting it replaced. I've been taking my time on this though. Meanwhile my mother-in-law is set up in the basement where the water heater is located and that picture that master plumber mark posted a while back keeps coming back to me. I wonder if my current heater will start to leak while she is still staying with us... Or if it will leak and make the MIL stay that much more enjoyable.

    That picture is a lot more pleasant than this one of my ex-MIL...


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    Less than 2 years old.


    A customer and I both didn't realize his heater was under warranty, and I instantly turned it in and got a brand new one fee of charge! He had already bought a water heater from HD so I wasn't going to spill the news.

    Getting a $450 water heater for free made me feel speshal. Got installed instantly as well before I came up with a plan to install it, collect off the cost of the heater. Serves a better purpose being in the home.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Original 50-gal gas water heater (cheap) that came with the house lasted 11 years before leaking. Replaced it with GE/Rheem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUGGED View Post
    Less than 2 years old.


    A customer and I both didn't realize his heater was under warranty, and I instantly turned it in and got a brand new one fee of charge! He had already bought a water heater from HD so I wasn't going to spill the news.

    Getting a $450 water heater for free made me feel speshal. Got installed instantly as well before I came up with a plan to install it, collect off the cost of the heater. Serves a better purpose being in the home.


    Interesting story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    A water heater replacement is a lot cheaper than water damage.
    The IPC has a paragraph that requires a pan when damage from leaks is possible, i.e. if it's not on a bare or tiled basement slab near a drain or in a crawl, etc. Don't know the paragraph number off hand, but someone showed it to me recently.

    If you're under IPC, the installer may be liable if he omits the pan.

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