I am about to purchase my first home and I don't want to come home to a flooded basement one day. It seems that heaters around here always die at 4-5 years.
So I have to questions, what do you guys think of the stainless steel electric HWH's?
and do any of you believe that flushing your tank and changing the anode rod each year will extend the life of the tank.
Plumbers around here would rather just change them every 5 years for the money or the home owners don't want to spend the money each year to flush and change the rod if over 5 years it doesn't work and they end up needing a new tank anyway. I mean if you get away with the minimum charge of 60 an hour and the cost of the anode rod it'll cost you more to service it than it will to replace it. Any way just wanted some thoughts from people that have been in the business for extended time.